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VIDEO: Nine men went on trial today - accused of grooming - and raping - as many as 50 young girls in a child trafficking ring in Oxford. The youngest girl was said to be just 11. Reshma Rumsey reports.
Court artist's impression of nine defendants from Oxford accused at the Old Bailey of organising a child prostitution ring. The nine men, who are all in custody, deny 51 charges including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and last year.
The Prosecutor claims the defendants targeted vulnerable young girls and alleges they were groomed in a variety of ways - given gifts or simply being shown the affection they craved.Mr Lucas prosecuting says it was insincere and a device to exploit their vulnerability.
A court has heard how young girls were sexually exploited by men who subjected them to depravity and perversion. Jurors at the Old Bailey were told six girls were used by a group including nine defendants from the Oxford area, and that one child was just 12 when she was forced into prostitution.
The Old Bailey was told the nine men - who are all in custody - include two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30, and Bassam Karrar, 32, and Mohammed Karrar, 38; and Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.
Nicholas Lucas QC, prosecuting said: "This case involves the sexual exploitation of children, young girls, by groups of men in the Oxford area."
The men deny 51 counts, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and last year.
The trial is expected to last until April.
Nine men are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of running a child prostitution ring.
The accused men, all from the Oxford area, are Akhtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 30, Bassam Karrar, 32, Mohammed Karrar, 38, Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.
One of the six victims the charges relate to, was said to have first been abused when she was 11 or 12 years old; the other victims were said to have been first abused when they were thirteen.
The men deny 51 counts including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and 2011.