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Child Sex Gang Suspects Held In Police Raids
Police have arrested eight suspected members of a child sex gang during a series of dawn raids on several homes in Buckinghamshire.
The men, aged between 21 and 28, were held on suspicion of committing sexual offences against a girl.
Thames Valley Police said the girl, who is under 18, reported being abused between 2007 and 2012, but investigators believe other victims may have fallen prey to the same group and urged them to come forward.
"We believe that it is likely that there are more victims who have not yet spoken to the police and would like to encourage anyone who is a victim to come forward," said Detective Chief Inspector Vince Grey.
"Our number one priority is to protect the victims, both their identities and well-being in such cases."
The abuse of the girl began in 2007 when she was 12 years old, reports said.
Mr Grey praised the girl for speaking to the police, saying she had been "extremely brave and courageous".
"Obviously we can't imagine what she and other victims have gone through," Mr Grey said.
"She's come forward and she's indicated what offending has happened to her, who's been involved in that, and over what time period."
He added that the girl did not go into "great details in terms of other persons, but we believe in terms of what she told us that there will be other victims".
The arrests were part of an investigation lasting several months and some 100 police officers raided 10 homes in High Wycombe in the operation.
Police believe girls may have been groomed - when abusers make friends with potential victims - by members of the gang.
Mr Grey said grooming, which is a specific offence, can then turn "into an abusive relationship of some sort, which can lead to much more damaging exploitation and sexual offences taking place".