For eight years young vulnerable girls were groomed, abused and forced into prostitution. The youngest of them was just 11 years old. Today seven men were found guilty of charges involving rape and exploitation.
The trial, which lasted for almost 17 weeks, heard the gang plied the children with drugs and alcohol, using properties in the Oxford area.
When one of the girls went to the police for help, she was ignored. Today, Thames Valley Police apologised for its failure.
Those convicted today were:
- Anjum Dogar, aged 31, was found guilty of nine offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and conspiracy to rape.
- Akhtar Dogar, aged 32, was found guilty of eleven offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and conspiracy to rape.
- Kamar Jamil, aged 27, was found guilty of eight offences including rape, facilitating child prostitution and trafficking.
- Zeeshan Ahmed, aged 27 was found guilty of two offences of sexual activity with a child.
- Bassam Karrar, aged 33 was found guilty of 9 offences including conspiracy to rape a child under 13.
- Mohammed Karrar, aged 38 was found guilty of 18 offences including rape of a child under 13 and facilitating child prostitution.
- Assad Hussain, aged 32, was found guilty of two offences of sexual activity with a child.
Juliet Bremner's report contains some of the evidence, which you may find distressing:
In accepting their mistakes in the case, social services acknowledged they had never come across anything like this before. The Director of Public Prosecutions said this evening such cases must be considered very differently in future.
ITV News social affairs editor Penny Marshall reports: