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Conference in Oxford tackles human trafficking

(Top L-R) Mohammed Karrar, Bassam Karrar, Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, (Bottom) Kamar Jamil, Assad Hussain, Zeesham Ahmed
Image caption Seven men were convicted of raping girls as young as 11 between 2004 and 2012

Agencies in Oxford are joining forces in a conference to tackle the problem of human trafficking in the city.

It comes after seven men were jailed last month for a string of offences linked to a sex grooming ring in Oxford.

Speakers include Thames Valley Police, the Bishop of Oxford and Catherine Bearder, MEP for South East England.

The day-long conference has been organised by Oxford Community Against Trafficking (OXCAT).

Following the conclusion of the four-month trial, Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire County Council were criticised for not acting earlier to stop the abuse.

Andy Dipper, from OXCAT said: "Lessons need to be learnt and quickly.

"We want to make sure other victims understand we will listen, and we will believe them."

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