“This human trafficking was finally exposed when one of the victims managed to escape in January 2012 and reported the crimes against him and his companions to the police," said James Kellam, of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)
“We would like to thank all the victims who have had the courage to give evidence in court.
"We hope that with these convictions they will be able to move on with their lives and have the future that they wished for.”
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
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.