A man who allegedly trafficked girls as young as 11 for sex on the streets of London has been arrested by police.
Desmond Child was arrested by the Metropolitan Police in the city centre, after police found a large number of girls in his home.
The alleged victims were aged between 14 and 17.
Desnard Child, 26, was also arrested for alleged sexual assault and trafficking of a child.
The investigation has led to the arrest of at least seven people, including a number of children, aged between 10 and 14.
Desound Child is due to appear at a London Crown Court on Monday.
The Metropolitan Police has been investigating child sex trafficking and child prostitution for over a decade, and police are now working to identify and apprehend those responsible for the abuse.
The Met has been contacted for comment.
The force has launched an online appeal for help in identifying and apprehending Child.
The force said the investigation “is a complex and complex process”.
“As with all such investigations, we do not have any suspects yet and are notifying the public of the nature of our enquiries,” a Met spokesperson said.
“It is important to note that the Metropolitan police has a duty to protect children from the threat of abuse and we will not tolerate any child sex exploitation or child exploitation of any kind.
We are working closely with the National Crime Agency (NCA) to identify any suspects who may have been involved in the trafficking and the subsequent exploitation of these children.”
Desmond Child, of Wood Green, east London, has previously been convicted of rape in the Old Bailey.
He was sentenced to nine years in prison for raping two women in a pub in 2015.
He was jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl in the same pub in March last year.
In May 2016, the court heard that he had a history of sex offending with young girls.
Earlier this year, the CPS said it was investigating allegations of a man who abused more than 200 young girls in a number ‘s homes and brothels’.
The Crown Prosecution Service has said that it had received “multiple complaints” about Child.
It added that Child had a criminal record dating back to 2014.
A number of victims came forward to police in the last few weeks to tell the Met that they had been victims of child sex abuse.
At least 10 victims have contacted police since the initial news of the arrest broke, the Met said, and it is “looking at all avenues to identify the suspect and bring him to justice”.
Read more about the investigation here.