STRATHCLYDE POLICE Cover Up ELITE Paedophile Ring (Archive)
A criminal gang thought to be selling young girls for sex were arrested this morning in a series of dawn raids.
More than 100 officers burst into the homes of gang members and their customers in synchronised swoops across the university city of Oxford at 6am.
Twelve men were held in the operation, which is investigating the child exploitation of 24 girls aged as young as 11, many of whom had been brought up in care.
Major operation: Dozens of officers are briefed before descending on homes across Oxford in a series of dawn raids to arrest a gang on suspicion of child sex trafficking
Mobilising: Officers loads up their cars as prepared to execute 14 warrants across the city
Detective Superintendent Rob Mason, of Thames Valley Police, said: 'The investigation involves a criminal gang who are selling young girls for sex. Fourteen warrants have been executed across Oxford and 12 men are under arrest.
'These include people involved in the business of selling young girls and their customers.
'The arrests were intended to protect the girls from further harm.'
Most of the alleged victims, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, had been rescued by police officers and were said to be safe.
Det Supt Mason said he could not confirm that all were under the protection of police or social services.
The raids all took place in Oxford, with the girls all from the Oxfordshire area.
'It would be fair to say that at different times in their lives they have all come to the notice of children’s services,' said Det Supt Mason.
Police would not confirm if they were British nationals, but said they were being trafficked within the UK.
'What we believe we have uncovered is a criminal gang getting financial profit from selling young girls and they are conveying them from Oxford to customers,' said Det Supt Mason.
The operation was carried out by Oxford CID, led by Detective Inspector Simon Morton in conjunction with Oxfordshire County Council’s children, education and families department.
The alleged trafficking came to light after a number of girls were reported missing from their homes.
Det Supt Mason said: 'There were concerns about a number of girls going missing from their addresses or care and the activities they were subjected to while they were missing.
'These girls are vulnerable, they may not consider they have been victims of offences which is why this has been a very sensitive investigation.'
He said that although police were aware of 24 girls it was possible that there could be more victims and he advised them to come forward or seek help.
'This morning over 100 officers have been involved in the arrests and there is an ongoing investigation that will be conducted today.
'A number of officers are still at locations in Oxford conducting searches, there is the potential that other girls may be victims of this gang and we advise them to contact Childline.'
The 12 men, aged between 21 and 37 years old, were arrested on suspicion of a variety of offences including causing the prostitution of females under the age of 18, administrating drugs for the purpose of rape, trafficking, grooming and rape.
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