22/02/2013

Witness Tells Trafficking Trial Of Rape And Branding

The Old Bailey has heard how a man raped and branded a woman with his initial when she was 12-years-old, before turning her into a sex slave.

The woman, now 19, was giving evidence at the trial of nine men accused of grooming children and exploiting them for sex in Oxford.

The court heard that Mohammed Karrar used a hair pin to brand the initial "M" on her buttock to show she "belonged to him".

The men face 51 charges of rape and trafficking from 2004 to 2012. They deny the charges.

The girl explained to the court how defendants Mohammed and Bassam Karrar, whom she knew were brothers, sexually abused her in a park and a hotel room.

The witness is one of six alleged victims in the case and, like one of the others, she claimed she was forced to have an illegal abortion in a back-room in Reading.

The trial is expected to last until April. The defendants are all in custody.

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