Child sex exploitation trial

The trial of nine men accused of grooming, trafficking, abusing and raping six teenage girls in the Oxford area has been given more details of the ordeal allegedly suffered by their young victims. The defendants deny all 50 charges.

Jury hears victim's allegations in child exploitation trial

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The jury in the trial of nine men accused of raping and assaulting teenage girls in Oxford have been told about allegations from one of the six victims, who cannot be named.

She was in care from the age of five and went to a children's home when she was 12.

She kept running away, hanging around the streets of Oxford and she liked to get drunk from a young age.

She was allegedly repeatedly raped and sexually abused against her will by a group of Asian men, named in court as brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar and Kamir Jamil.

All the defendants deny 50 counts of rape, conspiracy to rape, causing a child to be used for prostitution and trafficking.

The girl was 14 at the time of the alleged offences in 2006 and it is claimed that the men forced her to perform sexual acts and to allow them to have sex with her by making her drunk on vodka and Red Bull.

They also threatened and abused her, burning her with cigarettes and they were patronising, the jury was told.

The men would allegedly tell her that doing such things "was perfectly normal" and that "other girls" did it to him.

Nine men accused of 'extreme depravity'

Prosecutor Noel Lucas QC Credit: Priscilla Coleman

Young girls were sexually exploited by a group of men who subjected them to depravity, and perversion, a court heard today. The court clerk was given permission to sit as he read the long list of charges, over a twenty minute period. Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, said:

"The defendants, and others not before the court, used and abused the six complainants persistently over long periods of time, sometimes in groups, for their own sexual gratification and the sexual gratification of others."

"The depravity of what was done to the complainants was extreme."

(L-R) Kamar Jamil, Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Assad Hussain, Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar, Mohammed Hussain, Zeeshan Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed
(L-R) Kamar Jamil, Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Assad Hussain, Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar, Mohammed Hussain, Zeeshan Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed Credit: Priscilla Coleman

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Victim's mother noticed she was emaciated and using drugs

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The prosecution is describing how the first victim was still living with her parents when the abuse began, and that over time when would only return home for ten days in a month.

She started to self harm, which she said was "to take away the hurt". Her mother noticed she was emaciated and using drugs.

The court heard how she told her parents she wanted to be locked up and was moved to various children's homes, from where she frequently absconded to meet her alleged abusers.

Shortly after her 15th birthday in 2006 she decided the abuse had to stop. She threw her telephone away, stopped taking drugs and started to attend school again.

Although the men tried to contact her, she was able to resist.

The trial has ended for the day and will resume at 10:15am on Thursday.

Victim 'barely aware' of abuse due to alcohol and drugs

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The jury has been told it will hear evidence from the first victim outlining her abuse over three years at various houses, guest houses and hotels. Mostly she was "wasted" on alcohol and drugs and barely aware of what was going on.

The court has been told in graphic detail what the men made her do, virtually always against her will. If she refused or tried to fight back, they would slap her, force her to lie down and took no notice of her crying.

Eventually she decided it was better just to get wasted and let them get on with it so she wouldn't get "a kicking".

When there was no customers, a man would sit in the house to make sure she didn't leave. If she tried, they threatened they would "finish her off".

Prosecutor: Troubled girl, 12, was ideal target for gang

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The prosecutor in the child sex exploitation trial at the Old Bailey, Noel Lucas, has now turned to the specific allegations made by the first victim. He said the girl was 12 and had "an unhappy life" when she met a group of Asian men that included three of the defendants.

The jury was told that she was "an ideal target" because she was a young girl who was playing truant, smoking cannabis and staying away from home. The group of men befriended her, buying her gifts and then providing cannabis and cocaine, the court heard.

Mr Lucas said the men took her to hotel rooms, houses and guest houses - giving her alcohol and drugs before having sex with her individually and in groups.

He said they also arranged for other men to pay to have sex with her, which happened repeatedly to the girl between the ages of 12 and 15.

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Defendants 'pimped out under-age girls to other men'

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The sexual offences committed against the teenagers have been described as "perverted in the extreme", with the abuse sometimes going on for days at a time.

The men used the girls, it's alleged, for their own gratification, but also took them to other places - normally hotels and guest houses - and to empty houses where they were abused by other men.

This abuse often took place with groups of men who paid money to the defendants for sex.

None of the money ever reached the victims.

The court was told that the men were "much older" than the girls and would have known that their victims were under-age. Therefore, the prosecution says that their actions were "intentional and persistent."

Young girls were held captive in 'living hell'

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

One of the girls described her life as "a living hell" from which her and other young victims were unable to extricate themselves.

The men are accused of threatening the girls with physical and sexual violence and telling them that they and their families would suffer if they tried to break away.

Among the long list of offences read to the jury were some which included the use of knives and meat cleavers.

The young victims felt that they could not speak out because they would be dismissed as delinquents. The men ensured that the girls were guarded so they could not escape.

Men 'plied vulnerable young girls with drink and drugs'

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The Old Bailey has been told that the men deliberately targeted vulnerable young girls, often those living in care and with troubled and unsettled lives.

They found girls who were "out of control" and may already have been sexually abused.

They would frequently approach the girls while they were playing truant from school or out having an illicit drink. The men groomed the girls by offering them alcohol, or sometimes by simply offering the kind of attention they craved and that was missing from their lives.

They would hook the girls in by plying them with drink and often gave the girls drugs, including cannabis, crack and sometimes heroin, which they then became addicted to.

Sex offences on girls were 'extreme in their depravity'

by Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

The sexual offences committed against the teenagers have been described "as extreme in their depravity." The jury at the Old Bailey was told that the offences would make them feel extremely uncomfortable and they would have to "steel themselves" to hear the evidence.

The court was given a brief introduction to all the victims - aged between 11 and 15 when it's alleged that they were being abused by the defendants. The girls cannot be named because of their age and the nature of the abuse.

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