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

Victim's mother noticed she was emaciated and using drugs

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.

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