‘Per­pe­tra­tors of hor­rific crime will have to pay’

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BARNARDO’S has been sup­port­ing the young women in this case through its R-U-Safe? ser­vice based in Buck­ing­hamshire.

Its team pro­vided per­son­alised sup­port to each of the vic­tims be­fore the trial and con­tin­ued to of­fer sup­port dur­ing and af­ter court pro­ceed­ings and will con­tinue to be there for them to aid their re­cov­ery. Barnardo’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Javed Khan says: “These guilty ver­dicts send out an im­por­tant mes­sage that the per­pe­tra­tors of this hor­rific crime have to pay for their ac­tions.

“The brav­ery of the vic­tims giv­ing ev­i­dence in this case should be com­mended. The courage it takes to re-live your abuse in a court­room en­vi­ron­ment can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“Barnardo’s knows from sup­port­ing more than 3,000 sex­u­ally ex­ploited chil­dren last year that lives are of­ten shat­tered by this form of abuse.

“En­sur­ing these cases come to trial is vi­tal in giv­ing sex­u­ally ex­ploited chil­dren con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem and the belief that, if they come for­ward, they will be be­lieved and sup­ported.

“We will con­tinue to work with Thames Val­ley Po­lice, Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil and our other part­ners to stamp out this hor­rific crime.”

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