Six charged over child exploitation
Six men have been charged in connection with an investigation into child exploitation, police have said.
Thirteen men were arrested and questioned in Oxford on Thursday by police investigating claims 24 vulnerable girls under 16 were groomed for rape.
The six were charged with offences including rape, conspiring to rape a child, arranging child prostitution and trafficking.
Three others who were arrested have been released on police bail until April 12 and four men were released on police bail last night.
The six men, aged between 26 and 37, were charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with 33 counts between them. They will appear in court on Saturday, Thames Valley Police said.
Police said a 26-year-old man has been charged with 10 counts of engaging in sexual activity with a child, while a 30-year-old man was charged with one count of conspiring to rape a child, one count of arranging prostitution of a child, and one count of trafficking.
A 31-year-old man has been charged with three counts of rape, one count of conspiring to rape a child, three counts of arranging the prostitution of a child, one count of making a threat to kill and one count of trafficking.
A 37-year-old man was charged with two counts of conspiracy to rape a child and one count of supplying a class A controlled drug to a child.
A 32-year-old man has been charged with one count of rape, and a 26-year-old man has been charged with four counts of rape, two counts of arranging the prostitution of a child and one count of making a threat to kill.
Officers started their investigation after a number of girls were reported missing. Detectives believe runaways as young as 11 may have been preyed upon for Britain's sex trade. Thames Valley Police suspect the young children were in care or living rough, and they were transported around Britain over a six-year period.