Three men sentenced to prison as Operation Silk concludes – Oxford
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The final three men convicted in connection with Operation Silk, Thames Valley Police’s five-year-long investigation into child sexual exploitation in Oxford, have been sentenced to prison.
Naim Khan, aged 41, formerly of Herschel Crescent, Mohammed Nazir, aged 44, formerly of Wood Farm Road and Raheem Ahmed, aged 42, formerly of Startwort Path were sentenced today (13/2) at Oxford Crown Court.
They were all convicted at the same court on 7 January.
Khan was found guilty by unanimous verdict of eight counts of rape, seven counts of indecent assault and one count of supplying a class B drug. He was sentenced to a total of 24 years’ imprisonment.
Nazir was found guilty by unanimous verdict of seven counts of rape, eight counts of indecent assault and one count of supplying a class B drug. He was sentenced to a total of 20 years’ imprisonment.
Ahmed was found guilty by unanimous verdict of two counts of indecent assault and one count of supplying a class B drug. He was sentenced to a total of 5 years’ imprisonment.
Operation Silk is a complex investigation carried out by the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit into non-recent child sexual exploitation which occurred in Oxford between 1998 and 2005.
In 2015, one of the victims made a disclosure to a social worker about offences against her when she was a teenager.
From there, a police investigation started, more victims were identified and eventually search warrants were carried out at addresses across Oxford, resulting in the arrests of a number of men.
This eventually led to three lengthy court cases, with significant custodial sentences handed out at each one.
In total, 13 men have been convicted for offences which have included rape, sexual assault and drug supply. They have received a total of 186 years and three months’ imprisonment, with four life sentences.
Senior investigating officer, Principal Investigator Mark Glover, of the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, said: “This has been a hugely significant operation which has involved a very large number of people.
“The work which has gone into achieving so many convictions has been enormous, and I would like to sincerely thank all of our officers, staff and partner agencies for their efforts since the investigation began in 2015.
“I would also like to thank all of the legal counsels who have worked on these trials, all of whom have played such an important part in bringing these men to justice.
“Most importantly, I would like to thank the victims, whose bravery, commitment and resilience throughout this entire traumatic process has been nothing short of extraordinary.
“The abuse to which they were subjected to by these men was horrendous and sadistic. They were targeted because they were vulnerable and groomed to the point where they did not believe that what was happening to them was wrong.
“They have had to live with the actions of these predatory offenders for the majority of their lives, and they have all been impacted in different ways.
“They will never be able to forget what happened to them all those years ago. However, I hope they all know what a crucial part they have played in bringing to justice the men who subjected them to such vile abuse for such a long time.”
Detective Inspector Nicola Douglas and Principal Investigator Mark Glover.