Seven members of a gang which groomed girls as young as 12 and subjected them to "dreadful" sexual abuse over the course of eight years have been sentenced to at least 95 years in prison.

The men, who ran a child sexual abuse ring in Oxford, were convicted of a range of offences, including the rape and trafficking of young girls around the country for sex. Five of them have been given life sentences, with two more sentenced to a total of seven years each.

Judge Peter Rook told them: "You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, under-age and out of control."

Chief Crown Prosecutor in the Thames and Chiltern area Baljit Ubhey said the victims were given drink and drugs and coerced into sexual acts by emotional pressure, intimidation, threats and violence.


A Serious Case Review has been ordered into the failings of authorities to stop the gang, which first appeared on their radar six years before its members were finally arrested.

- Independent