Five men found guilty of raping, abusing and trafficking young girls in Oxford have been sentenced to life in prison. They must serve a minimum of between 15 and 20 years in jail before they will be considered for release.
Sentencing Judge Peter Rook QC told five of the men Kamir Jamil, 27, Mohammed Karrar, 38, his brother, Bassam Karrar, 34, and another set of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, that they had abused hugely vulnerable and under-age girl over a prolonged period.
They were convicted last month of raping, abusing and trafficking the girls as prostitutes. Some of their victims were as young as 11 when they were abused - all were under the age of consent. "You have blighted their lives and robbed them of their early teenage years", he told them.
Police and social services missed several chances to stop the gang, who lured the vulnerable girls from the streets and care homes before drugging and abusing them. Judge Rook praised the courage of the victims who had come forward to give evidence and he said, "it is to be hoped that their courage will send a message to others who have been abused that the abuse will be taken seriously."
As details of the offences were read out in court several of the victims, who were in court, wept and on one occasion a young woman had to leave the court.
Akhtar and Anjum Dogar were told they represented a serious risk to the public and that it was impossible to say how long they would remain a danger. "Exceptionally grave offences" and "to reflect the abhorrence felt by the public" they should be sentenced to life, with a minimum of 17 years.
Kamar Jamil was told he was "a follower rather than a leader" and that his conduct was not marked by the same brutality, however he was told that the too would be sentenced to life with a minimum of 12 years.
Mohammed Karrar was told that he had treated one girl "as if she was a commodity" and repeatedly sold her for sex to other men. But the judge said his treatment of a girl who was just 11 when he met her was particularly dreadful. This girl had disabled parents and was young looking for her age and at the time he was in his 30s. She was "duped her into thinking this was a genuine relationship". She became pregnant when she was just 11 and he took her for an illegal abortion in Reading.
Mohammed Karrar was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 20 years. This longer sentence was intended to reflect the "the extreme depravity " of his offences for his own commercial gain.
Although his brother Bassam Karrar had not initiated the contact he had been involved in rapes of extreme violence and brutality. He was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 15 years.
In the case of all these five men the judge made it clear they would have to serve the full minimum sentence before they could be considered for release, even under licence.
The final two men Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, were found guilty of having sex with an underage girl. The judge said their offences were "in a different league" from the first five defendants.
Assad Hussain and Zeeshan Ahmed were both sentenced to 7 years in jail. They will be released after serving half that period.