Five men from Oxford have been charged by police investigating child sexual exploitation in the city stretching back 16 years.
More than 100 officers took part in dawn raids across the city on Tuesday morning, arresting nine men of Asian origin on suspicion of offences including rape, sexual grooming and indecent assault following 60 complaints from schoolgirls.
The men who were charged have been named as:
Assad Hussain, 34, charged with six counts of indecent assault and six counts of rape.
Qasim Hussain, 29, charged with one count of rape.
Naim Khan, 36, charged with two counts of indecent assault, one count of rape, one count of supplying cocaine, one of supplying heroin, one of sexual touching and one of making an indecent film of a child.
Allah Ditta Yousaf, 45, charged with four counts of indecent assault.
Owais Khan, 31, charged with one count of indecent assault and five counts of rape.
All of the men apart from Assad Hussain are due to appear in Oxford Magistrates Court today.
Three other men who were arrested have been released on police bail until 8 July, while a fourth man is on bail until 15 July.
Following the arrests, Detective Superintendent Joe Kidman said: “This morning more than 100 officers executed search warrants at eight properties across Oxford at 6am as part of Operation Sabaton.
“A number of people have been arrested in connection with the offences, which relate to female victims in Oxford between 1999 and 2007.”
Hannah Farncombe, head of safeguarding at Oxfordshire County Council said: “In recent years we’ve trained more than 8,000 professionals across all agencies who have contact with children in Oxfordshire. They now know how to spot the signs of CSE and can report these to our multi-agency Kingfisher team.
“Meanwhile more than 24,000 children have now viewed a drama called Chelsea’s Choice that tours Oxfordshire schools to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.”