Ipswich sex slave teenager case: London men jailed

Hamza Ali, Suran Uddin, Mohammed Sheikh
Image caption Hamza Ali, Suran Uddin and Mohammed Sheikh treated the girl "like a piece of meat"

Three men from east London who abducted a 13-year-old girl from the streets of the city and forced her to become their sex slave have been jailed.

The girl, described as being from a troubled family, was driven to a house in Ipswich and sexually abused over four days, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Mohammed Sheikh, 32, Hamza Ali, 39, and Suran Uddin, 26, were convicted of sex offences and trafficking.

Uddin was jailed for 15 years, Sheikh for eight years and Ali for five years.

Judge Nicholas Coleman said the girl had been left traumatised.

'Piece of meat'

The judge told the men: "Instead of helping this girl find refuge, you were all intent on sexually exploiting her for your own ends," he added.

"She was taken to a town she'd never visited, a house she never been to, in the company of men she had never met.

"All three of you treated her like a piece of meat and passed her about.

"This happened over four days until she was finally rescued by police."

Jurors heard how the men took advantage of the girl's "youth and naivety" to persuade her to get into a van, driven by Uddin.

They took her to a house in Chevallier Street, Ipswich.

'Engaging with strangers'

Maria Denine, mitigating for Sheikh, said the defendants had not been aware of her background or how vulnerable she was.

Mitigating for Uddin, Scott Ivill said his client was married with two children and any custodial sentence would cause his family to suffer.

Lindsay Cox, for Ali, said his client was also a married man.

He added: "This girl looked appreciably older than her age and she had a history of engaging with strangers."

Uddin, of St Matthew's Row, Bethnal Green; Sheikh, of Seaton Point in Hackney; and Ali, of Chilford Road, Waltham Forest were all found guilty of conspiracy to traffic in the UK.

Uddin was also convicted of two counts of rape and supplying a class B drug to the victim.

Sheikh was convicted of causing a child to engage in sexual activity and supplying a class B drug.

Ali was found guilty of a sexual assault.

All three men were placed on the sex offenders register and Sheikh and Ali could face deportation to Somalia, their home country.

A fourth defendant, Abdul Hammed, 46, of Wellington Street, Ipswich, was cleared of supplying a class B drug, two counts of rape and trafficking.

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