Catastrophic failings by police and social services allowed a Muslim child sex trafficking ring to sexually torture girls as young as 11 for eight years, all because law enforcement didn't want to offend Muslim sensibilities, or worse, be accused of racist-islamophobic-bigotry.
"Victims repeatedly told officers they had been raped or abused by the vicious and ‘medieval’ predators – but no action was taken." They used knives, cleavers and baseball bats to inflict severe pain on the girls for their twisted pleasure.
Missed chances to halt sex gang: Police and social workers apologise to girls tortured by 'medieval' predators but chief constable refuses to resign Daily Mail
- Fighting broke out in the dock as two other defendants were cleared
- Seven men found guilty of catalogue of offences involving underage girls
- Verdicts delivered at Old Bailey at the end of a five month trial
- The seven men have been remanded in custody for sentencing next month
- Girls were so young 'they had just stopped believing in the Easter bunny when they were corrupted'
- Police identified as many as 22 girls who were 'groomed, corrupted, brainwashed and abused and then sold for sex and worse'
- Two of the three care homes where victims of the Oxford sex ring lived have been closed down but only one member of staff was sacked
- Sara Thornton, who has been chief constable of Thames Valley Police since 2007, rejects suggestions she should resignPUBLISHED: 16:15, 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:39, 15 May 2013
Catastrophic failings by police and social services allowed a child sex ring to sexually torture girls as young as 11 for eight years.Victims repeatedly told officers they had been raped or abused by the vicious and ‘medieval’ predators – but no action was taken.Last night – after the abusers were convicted at the Old Bailey – the police and social services apologised for failing to answer the girls’ desperate pleas for help.But Sara Thornton, chief constable of Thames Valley Police since 2007, refused to acknowledge calls for her to resign this morning.The gang groomed more than 50 vulnerable youngsters before selling them for sex around the country.
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In February 2006, the 14-year-old told police that she had been held against her will by two Asian men.