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Seven men jailed over Oxford child sexual exploitation case

27/06/2013

Seven men have today been jailed for a total of 95 years following an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Oxford.

Baljit Ubhey, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Thames and Chiltern, said: "The abuse these girls were subjected to was truly appalling. Today's sentences reflect the seriousness of the offences, and the young age and vulnerability of the victims when the offences were committed.

"I would like to thank the victims for having the courage to support the prosecution and give evidence in this case. Their bravery has ensured that seven sexual predators, who sought opportunities to target and sexually abuse and exploit vulnerable young girls have been brought to justice.

"The victims in this case were targeted because of their vulnerability and then cynically exploited. They were given drink and drugs; they were shown attention to make them feel special, all of which was insincere and designed solely to make them feel indebted to their abusers; they were then coerced into sexual acts by emotional pressure, intimidation, threats and violence. As a result, these girls were left in absolutely no position to give true and free consent to those sexual acts. 

"This is an important point for other victims out there, who may think that they wont be believed because they too seemingly 'agreed' to sexual activity. The background and context of such sexual activity is of crucial importance and victims who are forced to succumb to it by the use of such tactics do not, in the eyes of the law, consent to it. Their freedom to make a choice has been cruelly taken away from them.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has made tackling child sexual abuse a national priority. Only two weeks ago (11 June), the Director of Public Prosecutions issued new interim guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse, which are subject to a three month public consultation.  
 
"This case shows our approach is working and I urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report their abuse to the appropriate authorities. We and the police will listen and support you.

"In today's case, I very much hope that today's sentences provide some comfort to the victims and their families."

Sentences:

Kamar Jamil: Life imprisonment with minimum term of 12 years
Akhtar Dogar: Life imprisonment with minimum term of 17 years
Anjum Dogar: Life imprisonment with minimum term of 17 years
Assad Hussain: Seven years' imprisonment
Mohammed Karrar: Life imprisonment with minimum term of 20 years
Bassam Karrar: Life imprisonment with minimum term of 15 years
Zeeshan Ahmed: Seven years' imprisonment

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