Police apology as girls in care exploited by paedophile ring

Police and social workers in Britain have apologised for not protecting schoolgirls who were sexually abused and exploited by a paedophile ring.

The admissions of failure — which saw the girls being drugged and raped when they were supposed to be in the care of the authorities — came as a gang of men were found guilty of a catalogue of offences including rape, trafficking, and organising prostitution over eight years involving girls as young as 11 in the Oxford area.

Two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 31, Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 33, were convicted along with Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 27.

Fighting broke out in the dock at the Old Bailey after two other defendants — Mohammed Hussain and a man who cannot be named — were cleared.

The seven men found guilty of offences against the six schoolgirls were remanded in custody for sentencing next month.

Zeeshan Ahmed hit out at Mohammed Hussain after Hussain was cleared. He struggled as officers lifted him out of court.

Police missed several chances to catch gang members.

Some victims relived their ordeals during the five-month trial, outlining how they were groomed, beaten, betrayed, and sold into prostitution.

One was still so scared of her attacker that she refused to give evidence for fear he would hurt her again. It was only after she was given legal advice that ‘Girl D’ agreed to tell her story on a videolink.

She had been raped and prostituted at 11 by a man who bought her little gifts and showed her the first affection she had known.

Another victim, ‘Girl A’, complained of her plight to police on two occasions but no one was charged.

A care home manager refused to pay her taxi fare when she returned after absconding. The girl, then aged 14, was driven back to Oxford to be raped.

The carer was later sacked and the privately- run home where girls were placed by Oxford County Council was closed down.

The girls had been put into care because their behaviour was out of control and for their own protection. Time after time, they disappeared from children’s homes and were caught with older men by police, but the exploitation continued.

Joanna Simons, the council’s CEO, said: “We are incredibly sorry we were not able to stop it any sooner.

“We were up against a gang of devious criminals. The girls thought they were their friends.”

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