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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.

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  1. Juliet Bremner - ITV News Correspondent

Men 'plied vulnerable young girls with drink and drugs'

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.

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