Muslims in the South heard sermons today condemning people who groom and abuse children.
It follows Operation Bullfinch, an investigation into a paedophile gang in Oxford which targetted vulnerable girls - many in care, one as young as 11 - and abused them. Seven men were jailed, yesterday, for a total of 95 years.
Imams and other religious leaders addressed their congregations following Friday prayers to highlight the Koran's teachings against sexual indecency. They also called on communities of all faiths to work together to protect children.
The judge said they preyed on young girls, who no one would believe - and, in the end, they stole their souls. Today, seven men - guilty of child exploitation - have been sentenced to a total of 95 years.
The gang preyed on the most vulnerable girls - many in care homes. One as young as 11. They were groomed, raped - and sold as prostitutes.
They targeted their first victim in 2006. But, today at the Old Bailey, they were finally brought to justice.
Seven members of a sadistic paedophile ring will appear in court for sentencing today after being found guilty of grooming vulnerable underage girls for sexual exploitation.
Two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 33, were convicted along with Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, of charges including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution.
They were found guilty last month following a five-month trial at the Old Bailey during which the jury was told the gang sexually exploited girls as young as 11 between 2004 and last year in the Oxford area.
She said "This absolutely has been a wake up call and one of the most harrowing aspects was of the inquiry which has been going on for over a year was the consistent story up and down the country of victims not being believed".
And that some parts of the country still don't think that child exploitation doesn't happen to them" she continued. "I have one message for those parts of the country which is if it can happen in my community, if it can happen in beautiful Oxford then it can happen anywhere".