10:00am Wednesday 23rd January 2013
By Ben Wilkinson
A YOUNG woman was yesterday forced to deny she lied about being raped as a 14-year-old girl.
The witness was being questioned by defence barristers in the Old Bailey trial of nine men accused of raping and selling underage girls for sex in Oxford.
Known as Girl 2 and now in her 20s, she claims she was raped and trafficked for sex by Kamar Jamil and brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar in 2006.
She says Akhtar, now 32, forced her to perform sex acts on him. Once when she refused, he threatened to have her shot, she says.
In August 2006 she told police she had had sex with Asian men including Akhtar, the court heard.
But yesterday she said she had only been made to perform sex acts on him.
Andrew Jefferies, Akhtar Dogar’s barrister, said she lied about his client to avoid getting into trouble with the children’s home she had run away from.
He said: “I am going to suggest you did say that to the police and you did say Akhtar had sex with you.
“And the reason you said that is you realised you were in trouble for being out and about and not being home for a few days.
“You just did not want to take responsibility for what you had done yourself.”
But shaking her head the witness said: “No, not at all.”
She added: “I was a child with fully grown men.”
But Mr Jefferies continued: “Is it confusion or, as I am suggesting, that these were just lies as you were in trouble.”
And she replied: “None of it is a lie.”
When asked why she did not tell police everything back then, she said: “At that time I didn’t want to say anything. I was scared and I was young.”
The girl had a “disruptive” childhood after being taken into care aged seven, the jury heard.
She said it was Girl 1, who lived at the same children’s home, who introduced her to the alleged gang when she was 14.
The girl would dress up and go to Oxford believing she would be going clubbing, but end up having sex with men, the court heard.
She claims she was taken to parks, homes and a guest house to have sex.
The woman said a man called “Khan” abused her the most.
Jamil’s barrister Sally O’Neill said the witness had mistakenly identified her client as one of the abusers.
She said: “I am suggesting you have got it wrong. Your memory is wrong when you say it was K Dog (Jamil) who drove you to these places.
“I’m not saying you weren’t driven, I’m not saying these things didn’t happen to you.
“I am simply saying your memory is not right.”
But the witness said: “No. It was K Dog.”
When Miss O’Neill asked how good her memory was, she said: “It’s good enough to know what’s happened to me.”
The woman came forward to police after seeing television coverage of the arrests made under Operation Bullfinch last March.
She also denied telling care workers in 2006 that she and Girl 1 had been prostituting themselves.
The nine defendants deny all 79 charges. The trial continues.
Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council have a special confidential helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of sexual exploitation. The police and council team are available to take calls from anyone with concerns about their children or children they know. The helpline number is 01865 266255.
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