YOUNG victims of sexual offences from Oxfordshire were brought to Bournemouth to be abused by members of paedophile gangs.
A damning 114-page report into “indescribably awful” child sexual exploitation has revealed that a total of 373 girls suffered abuse in Oxfordshire over a 15-year period.
Hundreds of victims as young as 11 were groomed, raped and forced into prostitution by gangs of men “predominantly of Pakistani heritage” in the county, a serious case review has revealed.
The report told of “a living hell” from which victims “couldn’t extricate themselves” after “hostile” officials wrote some off as “difficult girls making bad choices” when they begged for help.
Horrifyingly, men from other cities would also visit girls for £100-a-time sex “by appointment” set up by Oxford paedophiles, who would also transport victims to Bournemouth and London to be abused.
The authors of the report said: “Between acts of abuse sometimes stretching over a number of days, the Oxford men ensured girls were guarded so that they could not escape.
“In addition to being abused in various locations in Oxford, some of the girls were taken to other towns and cities such as London and Bournemouth for the same purpose.”
Yesterday police and council bosses in Oxfordshire said they were “horrified” and “ashamed” by what had happened between 1999 and 2014 but nobody has yet been disciplined over the scandal.
Jane Portman, Bournemouth Borough Council’s executive director for adults and children, said: “In Bournemouth, we are extremely alert to the issues around child sexual exploitation, working together with the police. We have robust practices to prevent, identify and tackle child sexual exploitation, which include working with industry partners such as hoteliers and the taxi trade to identify concerning adult/child relationships.
“These crimes are historical; my understanding is Oxfordshire now also has robust processes in place.
“We should note that Bournemouth residents were neither perpetrators nor victims in these dreadful crimes, and that our town was one of a number of locations where these historic abuses took place.”