Three men arrested in UK child prostitution sting
THREE men have been arrested by police investigating a paedophile ring which led to vulnerable schoolgirls being drugged, raped and sold into prostitution.
The trio - aged 81, 49 and 48 - were detained after officers executed a warrant at Nanford Guest House in Iffley Road, Oxford, in connection with Operation Bullfinch.
They were held on suspicion of "being a landlord letting a premise for use as a brothel, causing or inciting child prostitution for gain and encouraging or assisting in an offence believing it will be committed, namely rape and causing child prostitution".
Seven members of a paedophile ring are facing long jail terms after being found guilty at the Old Bailey last month of a catalogue of offences, including conspiracy to rape, child prostitution and trafficking over an eight-year period.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said today: "The warrant is in relation to information that came to light during the recent trial at the Old Bailey where evidence was heard that the guest house had been used to facilitate child sexual exploitation."
The three men were all in custody this morning. The warrant was executed at the guest house under section 8 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act.
Officers also executed another warrant at a property in Sunningwell Road, Sunningwell, police added.
Last month, two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 33, were convicted with Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 27.
They will be sentenced on June 26. Two other defendants - Mohammed Hussain, 25, and a man who cannot be named for legal reasons - were cleared.