'Child sex trafficking' arrests

Thames Valley Police have arrested 12 men as part of an investigation into the exploitation of girls between the ages of 11 and 16. Officers say they have uncovered a organised gang who were running a business of selling young girls for sex.

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Human trafficking advisors praise raid

Members of the National Working Group for Sexually Exploiting Children and Young People praise Thames Valley Police.

Cases of child sexual exploitation are complex and difficult to investigate and it's hard to bring those who perpetuate the crimes to justice. We congratulate Thames Valley Police for their dedication to this issue and the operation they have developed and their zero tolerance approach to this crime.

As always our concerns lie with the young people who have been victims and we are very pleased to see a complete multi-agency team approach to assisting the recovery of the young people.

– Sheila Taylor, Director

Gang allegedly selling girls for sex arrested

Thames Valley Police have arrested 12 men after conducting dawn raids in Oxford, as part of an investigation into child exploitation. 24 girls between the ages of 11 and 16 are now being cared for by social services. Officers believe the offences have taken place over a 6 year period.

We believe we have uncovered an organised crime group who have been running a business of selling young girls for sex. We have also identified a number of customers who we have reason to believe have used this service.

– Detective Superintendent Rob Mason, Thames Valley Police

The men between the ages of 21 and 37 are being questioned by police this morning. They have been arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including;

  • The prostitution of females under the age of 18
  • Administrating drugs for the purpose of rape
  • Human trafficking
  • Grooming and rape.

Neighbourhood policing patrols conducted patrols around the areas where the raids took place to reassure local residents. Anyone with any information which they feel would be useful to the investigation is urged to contact Crimestoppers.

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