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Girls as young as 12 sexually exploited by gang of Asian men in UK.

London, Jan. 16 ( ANI ): Girls as young as 12 were sexually exploited by a group of Asian men, a court in Britain has heard.

Six girls were used by men, who subjected them to depravity and perversion, lived in the Oxford area, the Old Bailey jurors were told.

One victim was only 12 when she was forced into prostitution, the Mirror reports.

Norman Lucas QC, prosecuting, said that the case involved the sexual exploitation of children, young girls, by groups of men in the Oxford area.

The men denied the 51 counts, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and 2012.

The accused include two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 30, and Bassam Karrar, 32, and Mohammed Karrar, 38.

The others involved in the crime included are Kamar Jamil, 27, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, Bilal Ahmed, 26, and Mohammed Hussain, 24.

The trial is expected to last until April, and all the defendants are in custody.

Lucas said the men 'actively targeted vulnerable young girls from the ages of 11 or 12'.

He said the girls were chosen because they had troubled upbringings, which made it less likely that anyone would have parental control over them or be looking for them, the report said.

According to the report, the youngsters would become addicted to the drugs and this made them even more dependent on the men who exercised extreme physical and sexual violence on them.

The men threatened to harm the girls or their families should they ever flee the group, Lucas said.

One of the complainants described being in a "living hell" during the period of alleged abuse from May 2004 to early 2012, the court heard.

The girls were often taken to guest houses or empty private properties in Oxford, some of which were used solely for abuse, Lucas said.

According to the report, men would also travel from Bradford, Leeds, London and Slough to pay to have sex with the girls in appointments arranged by the defendants, the court heard. ( ANI )

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