Six Asian men of a child sex ring in Aylesbury were found guilty of raping two young girls. Charity Barnardo’s claimed they alerted the authorities in 2008.
“[She] estimated that she had sex with about 60 men - almost all Asian.”
Six Asian men were found guilty of a number of offences committed against two schoolgirls over a course of six years.
The convicts were part of a child sex ring in Aylesbury, consisted of 11 men who were tried for 51 offences between 2006 and 2012.
After 42 hours of deliberation, the jury at the Old Bailey found six of them guilty of rape and other assault-related charges on July 24, 2015.
Vikram Singh, 45, was found guilty of four counts of rape and administering a substance with intent.
Mohammed Imran, 38, was convicted of three counts of rape, one count of conspiracy to rape and one count of child prostitution.
Asif Hussain, 33, was convicted of three counts of rape.
Akbari Khan, 36, was found guilty of two counts of rape, administering a substance with intent and conspiracy to rape.
Arshad Jani, 33, was found guilty of rape and conspiracy to rape.
Taimoor Khan, 29, was convicted of one count of sexual activity with a child.
The jury also cleared four men of their charges – namely Harmohan Nangpal (41), Sohail Qamar (41), Sajad Ali (34) and Faisal Iqbal (32).
However, the jury is yet to determine the fate of Pightle Crescent, 35, who denied one count of rape and a single count of sexual activity with a child.
The members of the child sex ring were revealed to be married men with children, while others were local taxi drivers and workers in a market.
Old Bailey heard how these men groomed their victims by showering them with expensive gifts, such as alcohol, food and even drugs.
One of the unnamed victim, aged around 12 or 13, exposed the details of the crimes in her police statement.
She said: “You get passed round … It wasn’t particularly me looking for them. It was them looking for me.
“It’s just that they pass your number around … Or you’re with one of them and they invited three or four of their friends round and then you have to sleep with them.
“Because you’re in their place and they’re making your life a bit more exciting, so you do what they want.”
She told the jurors that she was passed around 60 men, mostly Asian, to satisfy their sexual appetites and was made to believe it was normal.
The young girl continued: “Lucky [Asif Hussain] wanted to introduce me to a friend so I said OK. The old man looked like Bin Laden.
“I think he said, ‘He wants to sleep with you,’ and left me there. [The old man] only understood yes or no – and I said no.”
But Lucky tried to lure her into having sex with the old man by saying: “Come on, he’s going to give you money.”
Prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC said the gang members have ‘completely distorted’ what is right and normal for the two girls.
As a result, they became ‘easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available’.
Prosecutor Saxby said: “Notwithstanding that they were children, they spoke in terms of these men being their boyfriends. And they were passed from man to man – sometimes on a daily basis.
“The scale of it is, you may agree, horrifying. [She] estimated that she had sex with about 60 men – six zero – almost all Asian.”
The Buckinghamshire County Council has since issued a public apology to the young victims.
David Johnson, the council’s director for children’s services, said:
“I want to thank each of these young women for taking the brave step to come forward, to speak to the police and re-live their horrific experiences in court to bring these men to justice.
“On behalf of the council, I would also like to apologise to both of them for letting them down during this period in their lives.
“We know a great deal more about child sexual exploitation than we did back then and I hope that young people who are worried about themselves or someone they know will have the same courage to come forward.”
But Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, slammed the authorities for ignoring the alarm bells.
Michelle Lee-Izu from Barnardo’s said: “In 2008, we worked with both these young people and our work with these young women was very specific to them as individuals.
“We had concerns about the safety of one young woman and we made a referral to the local authority and the relevant agencies.
“At that time, the agencies didn’t respond in a way that we wanted, that we expected them to, although some actions were taken by the local authority, so we escalated those actions further.
“But insufficient action was taken as far as we were concerned.”
Sentencing for the case will be adjourned to September 7, 2015.
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