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Telford child sex abuse allegations
A woman who was raped by men in Telford when she was 13 believes other girls are still at risk.
The judge in a Telford child sexual exploitation case has described the victim as "helpless".
Sentencing four men over the abuse on Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC said they had abused a "helpless" victim, who had been groomed until she was "no longer in effective control of her own life".
The victim told how she was forced to perform sex acts in a churchyard, raped above a shop on a filthy mattress, and violently abused when she tried to refuse their advances.
In all, five men went on trial at Birmingham Crown Court, leading to convictions for four of the defendants while another was cleared.
Four men from Telford have been jailed for between four-and-a-half and eight years at Birmingham Crown Court for sexually abusing a vulnerable young girl who was "passed around like a piece of meat".
Three defendants were on Tuesday found guilty of abusing the girl, who said she was forced to perform sex acts in a churchyard and was raped above a shop.
Shafiq Younas, 35 of Regent Street, Wellington, was found guilty of indecent assault on Wednesday.
Telford and Wrekin Council has welcomed the convictions of four men over charges including the rape and indecent assault of a 13-year-old girl in the early 2000s.
Telford has been in the headlines in recent years over child sexual exploitation and an independent inquiry on child sexual exploitation in the town is currently ongoing.
Jurors in this latest case were told by prosecutors the vulnerable victim was sold for sex and treated as a "piece of meat".
Clive Jones, Telford and Wrekin Council director of children’s services, said the local authority was pleased the perpetrators had been brought to justice.
The convictions also follow Operation Chalice which saw seven men jailed in 2013 for child sexual abuse offences in the town.
The council has set up a task-force to focus on the issue and has trained taxi drivers and hotel staff to spot the signs of CSE, although it has also faced criticism for the time taken to launch the inquiry.
The case against four men convicted of historic child sex abuse in Telford was "extremely difficult to build", the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said.
The victim, who was 13 years old at the time the abuse started, was raped and sexually assaulted by the men in a flat above a pizza shop in the early 2000s.
Police were called at the time but the victim was too frightened to report the abuse, the CPS said.
She was then contacted by officers in 2018 as part of Operation Vapour, which led to the convictions of the men at Birmingham Crown Court earlier.
Julia McSorley, from CPS West Midlands, said: "This has been an extremely difficult case for the Crown Prosecution Service to build and, understandably, many people were reluctant to give evidence about painful events from several years ago.
"We would like to thank [the victim] for her incredible courage in giving evidence and securing the convictions of the men who carried out these dreadful offences.”
Four men have now been found guilty of sexually abusing a young girl in Telford in the early 2000s.
During a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury heard the group passed the then 13-year-old around "like a piece of meat".
Shafiq Younas, 35, of Regent Street, Wellington, has this afternoon been convicted of indecent assault.
It follows three guilty verdicts yesterday:
- Mohammed Ali Sultan, 33,was convicted of rape and three counts of indecent assault.
- Mohammad Rizwan, 37, of Mafeking Road, Telford, was also found guilty of two counts of indecent assault
- Amjad Hussain, 38, of Acacia Drive, Leegomery, Telford, was convicted of a single count of indecent assault.
Hussain was cleared of a similar charge of indecent assault this morning, along with a fifth man, Nazam Akhtar, 35, of Victoria Avenue, Wellington, who was found not guilty of rape.