Catastrophic failings by police and social services allowed a
Muslim child sex trafficking ring to sexually torture girls as young as 11 for eight
years, all because law enforcement didn't want to offend Muslim sensibilities, or worse, be accused of racist-islamophobic-bigotry.
"Victims repeatedly told officers they had been raped or abused by
the vicious and ‘medieval’ predators – but no action was taken." They used knives, cleavers and baseball bats to inflict severe
pain on the girls for their twisted pleasure.
Missed chances to halt sex gang: Police and
social workers apologise to girls tortured by 'medieval' predators
but chief constable refuses to resign Daily Mail
- Fighting broke out in the dock
as two other defendants were cleared
- Seven men found guilty of
catalogue of offences involving underage girls
- Verdicts delivered at Old
Bailey at the end of a five month trial
- The seven men have been
remanded in custody for sentencing next month
- Girls were so young 'they had
just stopped believing in the Easter bunny when they were corrupted'
- Police identified as many as 22
girls who were 'groomed, corrupted, brainwashed and abused and then
sold for sex and worse'
- Two of the three care homes
where victims of the Oxford sex ring lived have been closed down but
only one member of staff was sacked
- Sara Thornton, who has been chief constable of Thames
Valley Police since 2007, rejects suggestions she should resignPUBLISHED: 16:15, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED:
09:39, 15 May 2013Catastrophic failings by police and social services allowed a
child sex ring to sexually torture girls as young as 11 for eight
years.Victims repeatedly told officers they had been raped or abused by
the vicious and ‘medieval’ predators – but no action was taken.Last night – after the abusers were convicted at the Old Bailey
– the police and social services apologised for failing to answer
the girls’ desperate pleas for help.But Sara Thornton, chief constable of Thames Valley Police since
2007, refused to acknowledge calls for her to resign this morning.The gang groomed more than 50 vulnerable youngsters before selling
them for sex around the country.
convicted of offences involving underage girls
were convicted today at the Old Bailey
Pictured is a room at the guest house
999 call describes woman being beaten in guest house
pain on the girls for their twisted pleasure.
missed from as early as May 2005.
missing from residential care on 254 occasions. One went missing 126
times in 15 months.
by Oxfordshire County Council – just watched as the men collected
the girls at night.
taxi fare when she returned to her care home. The girl was then
driven back to Oxford where she was raped.
being groomed by Asian men, a school support worker told the court.
Five girls were abused while in the care of county council social
found guilty at the Old Bailey yesterday
having sex with a child
perfume, alcohol and drugs before being subjected to a ‘living
hell’ of extreme physical and sexual violence for eight years.
heritage were facing lengthy jail terms after being convicted of a
string of crimes.
charges of arranging child prostitution, five of internal trafficking
for sexual exploitation and four of sexual activity with a child.
Thornton was made chief constable of Thames Valley Police.
for her force taking so long to bring the perpetrators to justice.
the wake of the scandal, saying only that she needed to 'drive
improvements into the future'.
resignation, Miss Thornton said: 'I accept responsibility and as I’ve
said I’m very sorry it took so long, but the focus has got to be
moving forward. I think the focus for me is on driving
improvements in the future.
picking up underage white girls for sex.
morning refused to resign over the abuse scandal
startlingly similar offences last year.
in Oxford was able to operate for eight years.
the Community Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, said: ‘The
damage these men have done and evil they have wrought will last a
lifetime for their victims which can never be fully healed.
consciences as they reflect on the terrible nature of their crimes.
It is imperative that there is no hiding place for abuse or abusers
within any of our communities.’
connection with the case
the Old Bailey yesterday of a catalogue of charges involving
vulnerable underage girls who were groomed for sexual exploitation
THE SEVEN CONVICTED MEN
victims because of his distinctive gold tooth.
an uncle in Pakistan in 2005 – but one fell out after he returned to
Domino's Pizza, he also held menial jobs with Royal Mail and in a
Unipart warehouse. He spent three years as a car salesman for
Hartwell Ford and even worked for his cousin's minibus firm, helping
to drop kids off at school.
and was employed at a Tesco Metro store in St Aldates, opposite
Oxford's main police station.
of alcohol unchallenged.
Oxford were styled as 'significant organisers of sex parties both in
Oxford and neighbouring towns.'
gifts including perfume before turning on them and forcing them to
perform sex acts.
recruiting victims and had to sneak home from abuse sessions before
they woke up.
have been unable to organise exploitation on such a grand scale.
chef who abused one of the girls out the back of the takeaway store
just yards from unsuspecting customers.
had been involved in a serious relationship with her.
restaurant in 2011 and she had told him she was 17, though he
believed her to be even older.
'mutual attraction' and felt the girl had 'betrayed him'.
shared with the girl.
Oxford, claimed he was 'outraged' by the allegations against
him and tried to claim he had been victimised by the girls.
because they were liars.
was living in supported accommodation in Oxford.
Mohammed Karrar. He was given the nickname Sam The Rapist by Child C
after he violently forced himself on her at the Nanford Guest House
claimed the victim had made up the sex assault to avoid getting in
trouble for running away from him.
underage girls back to his flat above a fruit and veg store before
selling them for sex.
retract his statement because of mental health problems and his
admissions were never put before the jury.
claimed he had not realised his victims were underage.
been a grim reminder that even though we are living in the 21st
century some people have retained medieval attitudes towards young
crack cocaine so that they would yield to their depraved demands.
of what was going on’, the court heard.
including Bradford, Leeds, London and Slough and queue up in
corridors of bedsits and hotels to abuse the girls for days at a
for £600 an hour.
refused to follow orders or tried to escape.
herself with a razor to ‘take away the hurt’.
police she had been sexually assaulted by Mohammed Karrar.
Karrar, but she was too frightened to tell police about her full
been raped and sexually abused by Asian men.
sexually abused by Akhtar Dogar for three days after running away
from a children’s home in September 2006.
for sex, told police she was sick of being treated ‘like a piece of
because ‘I have seen them doing it to little girls in their
she had confused him with another man.
same victim days earlier.
running from a room in a downmarket Oxford guest house wearing only a
towel after being beaten and raped.
with drugs, beat her and urinated over her.
persuaded by another girl to withdraw the allegations.
police that several Asian men had sex with her at a flat in Oxford.
a children’s home.
she did not trust them to keep her safe.
others gave evidence from behind a curtain.
arrest for wasting police time when she tried to report the abuse.
raids on homes in Oxford in March last year.
suspects, 21 of whom were arrested.
of conspiracy to rape, two counts of arranging child prostitution,
two counts of trafficking a child within the UK for sexual
exploitation, assault of a child by penetration, using an instrument
to procure a miscarriage and supplying heroin.
convicted of two counts of sexual activity with a child, during an
interview with the police
prostitution and trafficking, during an interview with the police
CROWN PROSECUTION SERVICE TO 'RE-REVIEW' ABUSE
involving victims of the Oxford sex ring after admitting more could
have been done to investigate their claims.
the decision to take no further action over the allegations of abuse
involving the girls from 2005 to 2006.
Valley Police but the force did not respond.
the CPS would now be more 'proactive' when dealing with sex abuse
something similar to have the courage to come forward.
had taken drugs or alcohol or they lied about something in the past –
that means, "this case is hopeless and we can't go ahead with
positive and saying, "how can we really get to the truth here?"'
when information was first requested about one of the claims.
involved in the Old Bailey trial, she added.
might have been able to do more.
say is perhaps we could have taken a more proactive approach in
making further enquiries.'
following the conclusion of the trial.
She said she expected more
cases of a similar nature to come to light as new guidance is issued
by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the wake of the Jimmy
they're probably not isolated incidents and there's probably more of
this activity going on.'
of conspiracy to rape, two counts of arranging child prostitution and
trafficking a child for sexual exploitation.
conspiracy to rape and arranging child prostitution. Akhtar Dogar,
32, was found guilty of five rapes, three counts of conspiracy to
rape, two counts of arranging child prostitution and trafficking a
child for sexual exploitation.
conspiracy to rape, two counts of arranging child prostitution and
trafficking a child for sexual exploitation.
activity with a child.
activity with a child.
Police and Oxfordshire County Council social services deeply regret
that this activity wasn’t identified sooner and that we were too
reliant on victims supporting criminal proceedings, and that they
suffered a terrible ordeal.’
prostitution and trafficking
with a child
THE SIX OPPORTUNITIES MISSED BY AUTHORITIES TO
have been protected by the law. But police missed several chances to
catch their abusers.
In February 2006, the 14-year-old told police
that she had been held against her will by two Asian men.
one of the defendants – Akhtar Dogar and another man in a park in
exchange for drugs.
doing it to other girls. Little girls with their school uniforms on.'
with 'forceful' sex.
13 2006 but denied rape, suggesting the girl had mistaken him for
another Asian male.
evidence in a separate trial of three men accused of raping her in
rang police after realising she was with 11 men who wanted to have
sex with her.
and had run away from a children's home.
and withdrew her complaint because she was scared.
in a guest house in Oxford in November 2006 while he was said to be
high on cocaine.
crying and shaking'.
and repeatedly smacked in the face.
taken of her injuries.
who was seeing Karrar at the time.
realised she was being groomed.
she was receiving calls from the Karrar brothers.
girl and began threatening the social worker when he refused.
welfare officer at her school, where she told them she had been
when her mother alerted them that she had been out all night.
found. He was charged under Operation Bullfinch, which was set up in
having sex with men for a couple of years. She said Girl E had been
sold to other men.