Response to sentencing of Osmon Koroma and Max N’Gasa in child sexual exploitation case
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne today (8 June) welcomed the sentencing of Osmon Koroma and Max N’Gasa for their involvement in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) offences against 12 young girls in the Littlehampton area.
“This sentence sends a clear message to those that seek to exploit our children that they will be tracked down, prosecuted and sent to prison.
“Sussex Police, with the help of the public, is much better at finding culprits and bringing them to justice as they have demonstrated today. These children have had their childhood destroyed and face ongoing trauma so it’s right that we get better as a society at preventing this from ever happening.
“Working closely with Sussex Police and charitable organisations, I am doing everything I can to strengthen our ability to identify and prevent this from happening but I want to reiterate the key message: we can tackle CSE but we need people to talk about it and report it.
“If you think it is happening to you, your friends or family, there is no need to be embarrassed or feel ashamed, please call the police or visit www.safespecesussex.org.uk/CSE for help and support.”
“I really want to acknowledge the courage of the child victims who gave evidence in this case and for their determination to reveal the extent of their exploitation. In this, and other similar cases, young victims have had to face the trauma of a long trial, which is why I will continue to fund a specialist service to support young witnesses and victims through our daunting criminal justice process.
“Not only have I scrutinised and encouraged Sussex Police to ensure that victims of exploitation, abuse and sexual assaults can feel as comfortable and as supported as possible talking to the police, I have also funded a Child Sexual Exploitation Analyst to map hotspots for CSE that help target resources and public information campaigns and to share intelligence and best practice with other agencies.
“But there is more to do and, nationally, the police and partners still need to improve their understanding and overall response to CSE. Allegations and reports must be handled better with quicker information sharing and earlier intervention where appropriate. That is why locally I welcome the Serious Case Review that is being carried out by the independent West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children’s Board.”