- Minor taken from children’s home and forced to sell her body
- Denied her original statement to avoid ‘trouble’
- Girl gave evidence from behind curtain to avoid gaze of accused
A 14-year-old girl was threatened at gun point and told she would be shot if she refused to have sex with men, the Old Bailey heard today.
She was one of six schoolgirls who were allegedly exploited by a child prostitution ring over eight years.
Girl B, now 21, told jurors that men would wait for her near the children’s home where she was living in 2006.
She would be driven to various places where she would be plied with drink and drugs in order to be raped or sold to other men.
She said Akhter Dogar threatened her when she refused to perform a sex act.
‘He said if I didn’t do what I was told he knew someone who would shoot me,’ she told jurors.
In August 2006, she was taken to a flat off Rectory Road, Oxford, and rang police after realising she was with 11 men, including two of the accused, who wanted to have sex with her.
‘They told me if they ask, to say I was 16,’ she said.
The girl was spoken to away from the men and admitted she was 14 and had run away from a children’s home.
The following day, she made a statement saying nothing happened and withdrew her complaint. Asked why, she told the court: ‘I was scared and I didn’t want any trouble.’
The girl gave evidence from behind a curtain so she could not see the accused. Nine men from Oxford deny 51 counts, including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution between 2004 and last year.
Child B was recruited by another 14-year-old girl, known as Child A, from the children’s home where they both lived.
The other girl, who was also allegedly abused by the gang, persuaded her to run away with her after claiming she had friends in Oxford who could get them alcohol and cigarettes.
Once there, she was introduced to the Dogars, along with Kamar Jamil, 27, and a fourth man known only as ‘Khan’, who is not on trial.
During one of her early visits, Jamil – known as ‘K-Dog’ – and Khan drove her and Child A to a remote field.