Oxford 'child rape' trial starts

The trial has begun at the Old Bailey of nine men accused of organising a child prostitution ring in the Oxford area.

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Gang forced girls into prostitution

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.

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