Thursday, March 22, 2012

Child Prostitution Oxford: Police Arrest 12 Men

Twelve men have been arrested as part of an investigation into the suspected exploitation of dozens of girls under the age of 16 in Oxford, police say.

They have been detained on suspicion of a number of offences including causing the prostitution of females under 18, trafficking, grooming and rape, Thames Valley Police said.

The men, aged between 21 and 37, are being held in police custody.

Detective Superintendent Rob Mason, of Thames Valley Police, said: "We believe we have uncovered an organised crime group who have been running a business of selling young girls for sex.

"We have also identified a number of customers who we have reason to believe have used this service.

"... the arrests have been made to protect the girls from further harm. Our number one priority is to protect the victims, both their identities and wellbeing."

Police have been investigating the cases of 24 girls aged between 11 and 16.

The offences are believed to span more than a six-year period. Read More