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27 June 2013, 15:07 | Updated: 27 June 2013, 17:48
7 members of a paedophile ring in Oxford have been sentenced to a total of 95 years for grooming and sexually abusing underage girls.
The seven defendants were found guilty of a catalogue of offences against the vulnerable underage girls including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution at the Old Bailey last month.
Akhtar Dogar, 32, of Tawney Street, Oxford sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years for five counts of rape, three counts of conspiracy to rape, two counts of facilitating child prostitution, one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Anjum Dogar, 31, of Tawney Street, Oxford sentenced to life with a minimum of 17 years for three counts of rape, 3 counts of conspiracy to rape, 2 counts of facilitating child prostitution and 1 count of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Kamar Jamil, 27, from Aldrich Road, Oxford got life, minimum 12 years for five counts of rape, two counts of conspiracy to rape and one count of facilitating child prostitution.
Mohammad Karrar, 38, of Kames Close, Oxford sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years. Judge said he showed 'exceptional depravity' and was running a commercial operation using some of his victims.
He was convicted of charges including rape, rape of a child under 13, two counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation and facilitating child prostitution and one count of using an instrument to procure a miscarriage.
Bassam Karrar, 34, of Hundred Acres Close, Oxford sentenced to life - to serve a minimum of 15 years. Judge said two counts were of "truly exceptional depravity". He was found guilty of two counts of rape, one count of rape of a child under 13, two counts of conspiracy to rape, one count of conspiracy to rape a child under 13, two counts of facilitating child prostitution and one count of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Assad Hussain, 32, of Ashurst Way, Oxford sentenced to 7 years - to serve half before going on licence. Judge said he was in a different league from the 5 above as he was not an organiser. He was found guilty of two counts of sexual activity with a child.
Zeesham Ahmed, 28, of Palmer Road, Wood Farm Oxford sentenced to 7 years - to serve half for two counts of sexual activity with a child.
Statements from some of the victims' parents were read out to the court yesterday, which described how the men had ruined theirs and their daughters' lives.
One of the girls had considered suicide while another suffers from post traumatic stress disorder as a result of the abuse, which took place between 2004 and last year in the Oxford area.
One of the mothers wrote of how the family was even forced to leave their home leading to her daughter receiving a phone call in which she was threatened with having her face cut off, and members of her family having their throat slit and being decapitated.
At the sentencing the judge said there can be no doubt they have blighted their lives of their victims and robbed them of their adolescences.
Speaking about Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Kamar Jamil, Mohammad Karrar and Bassam Karrar, he said "You targeted young girls because they were vulnerable. You subjected them to repeated abused - this was a pattern which repeated itself.
"You have been found guilty of a series of sexual crimes of the utmost gravity and abuse of young, highly vulnerable girls of the Oxford area over a long period."
Senior Investigating Officer Simon Morton said: “This is a great result for the victims. At last they can see justice has been done.
“These men have received a total of at least 95 years. The girls can now start to move on with their lives knowing the men that caused them so much pain are locked up.
“More than that, every victim around the country can see that justice does work. If you’ve suffered like these girls have, please come and tell us your story, we can help you."
Andy Dipper, from Oxford Community Against Trafficking (Oxcat) said they would be applying pressure to ensure changes in the justice and care systems.
"Lessons need to be learnt and quickly. We want to make sure other victims understand we will listen, and we will believe them.''
He said: "We have heard the recommendations from our senior politicians and now we must see action. There simply isn't time to waste."