7 guilty in England of trafficking girls as young as 11 for sex

May 15, 2013 at 1:28 AM

LONDON, May 15 (UPI) -- Seven men were convicted of running an English sex trafficking ring with victims as young as 11 and holding pedophile parties at a guest house in Oxford.

Two defendants were acquitted after the 18-week trial at the Old Bailey in London, the Daily Mirror reported. Brothers Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30, and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 33, and Assad Hussain, 32, Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, were convicted Tuesday of a long list of charges and are scheduled to be sentenced June 27.

After the verdict, Thames Valley Police Commissioner Anthony Stansfield called for an investigation into how police and child welfare agencies handle cases dealing with young children.

"This case opens up a number of disturbing questions as to how we look after children in care, and how we conduct our criminal justice system. Both have clearly failed the children," he said.

"At the moment it almost seems to actively look the other way. This has to stop."

One victim, identified only as Girl A during the trial, said she was threatened with arrest for wasting police time when she tried to report being raped. In another case, a guest at the Nanford Guest House in Oxford called police after hearing another girl, Girl C, screaming, but no action was taken.

Rebecca Einhorn of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children said welfare agencies need to change their mindset, to see girls who are being sexually groomed as victims.

"Children who vanish from home or school all the time are being seen as tearaways," she said.

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