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Victim of Oxford Child-Sex ring ‘felt she had no choice.’ Trial Continues

Posted by Sophie-Host 25-01-13Comments 0

A group of nine men targeted vulnerable young girls in Oxford and subjected them to years of sexual abuse, the Old Bailey has heard.

Operation Bullfinch Oxford Trial began on the 15th January 2013. The men are accused of being part of a child grooming ring.

One 14 year old girl told the court that she would be shot if she did not obey a man she then had sex with in the park. The girl is one of the six alleged victims of the nine men accused of exploiting children in Oxford.

She went on to describe being taken to parks and flats where she was given drugs and alcohol and had sex with men. The jury heard that the men were nice to the girl at first, but later being ‘demanding’ and ‘threatening.’ When asked why she did it, the girl said, ‘I felt I didn’t have a choice.’

Prosecutor, Noel Lucas QC, 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 men were alleged to have threatened to harm the girls or their families should they ever flee the group according to Mr Lucas.

“It was in these ways the men came to exercise control over the girls who, because of their previous experiences and disturbed home lives, were likely to subject themselves to sexual exploitation and abuse.”

The court heard that one of the complainants described being in a “living hell” during the period of alleged abuse from 2004 to early 2012.

The trial continues. To follow the story, go to www.bbc.co.uk/news

 

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