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Telford brothers convicted of child sex offences jailed
Two Telford brothers convicted of sex offences against girls have been jailed for 18 and 14 years.
Ahdel Ali, 24, and Mubarek Ali, 29, both of Regent Street, Wellington, were also convicted of controlling child prostitution and trafficking girls.
The younger brother, who was given 18 years at Worcester Crown Court, was convicted of raping a girl of 13.
Stafford Crown Court heard offences took place in the Telford area between March 2008 and December 2009.
The jury heard the brothers had sexually abused, trafficked, prostituted or tried to prostitute four Telford teenagers.
Ahdel Ali was found guilty of one charge of rape, 11 charges of sexual activity with a child, three charges of controlling child prostitution, one of inciting child prostitution, an allegation of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child after grooming.
He was cleared on one charge of inciting child prostitution.
Mubarek Ali was convicted of four charges of controlling child prostitution, two of trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation and a charge of causing child prostitution.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC said the brothers’ motives were “squalid, demeaning and selfish”.
He said the brothers were both “cold hearted and cynical” and “present significant danger to the public” and told them that they had shown “no remorse or regret”.
Tayyab Khan, defending Ahdel Ali, urged the judge to be lenient because “this type of rape is not like other horrible types of rapes”.
Mr Khan told the court that the 13-year-old girl said in evidence that she had not been forced to do anything, had loved him and she described him in court as a “pleasant person”.
The judge interjected, saying: “I’m sorry Mr Khan, he’s been convicted of rape.”
Mr Khan said the girl told the court during the trial it had been a consensual relationship.
Speaking after sentenced, Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson, senior investigating officer for West Mercia Police, said: “Ahdel Ali and Mubarek Ali targeted these girls because of their vulnerability and then systematically groomed them in such a way that eventually they could exploit them sexually for their own gain and gratification.
“This trial has been an ordeal for those giving evidence and I would like to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by all of the victims who came and gave evidence.”
Telford brothers who sold teenagers for sex guilty
Two brothers have been found guilty of targeting schoolgirls for sex and selling two of them as prostitutes to restaurant workers across Telford.
Mubarek and Ahdel Ali from Telford variously sexually abused, raped, trafficked, prostituted or tried to prostitute four Telford teenagers.
The brothers links with Asian restaurants and fast food shops provided them with a network of punters who paid £20 to £50 for sex, Stafford Crown Court heard. The girls, from Telford, Shropshire, regularly failed to attend school or went missing from home and were “easy prey” for the brothers, who are both married.
The pair controlled their victims by offering them lifts and mobile phone top-ups, urging them to drink vodka and smoke cannabis and giving them fags and food
One of victims was raped by Ahdel Ali when she was 13, and another teenage victim was sold as a prostitute by Mubarek Ali when she was four months pregnant.
The jury at Stafford Crown Court heard that one of the victims was regularly sold for sex to workers at restaurants in Telford and to associates of the two defendants.
Following the verdicts, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, of West Mercia Police, said: “The verdicts were a culmination of a long and complex investigation into the sexual exploitation of young women.
“These two men targeted these girls because of their vulnerability and then systematically groomed them in such a way that eventually they could exploit them sexually for their own gain and gratification.
“This trial has been an ordeal for those giving evidence and I would like to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by all of the victims who gave evidence.”
Ahdel Ali, 24, known as Eddie, was found guilty of 18 offences and cleared of one of inciting a girl to have sex with a man.
His brother Mubarek, 29, known as Max, was found guilty of seven charges including offences of trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation. The brothers faced a total of 26 charges involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of the four victims who were aged between 13 to 16.
All the offences were committed between March, 2008 and December, 2009.
Judge Patrick Thomas QC will sentence the brothers, both of Regent Street, Wellington, in October in Worcester.
During a seven-week trial the young victims, who cannot be named, told the court how they were sexually abused or pimped out by the brothers.
The jury of 10 men and two women found Ahdel Ali guilty of raping a 13-year-old girl. He was also convicted of six charges of sexual activity with the same girl. And he was convicted of five offences involving two 15-year-old girls who he later pimped out with his brother.
Ahdel Ali was also found guilty of three charges of controlling child prostitution, one of inciting child prostitution and meeting a child after sexual grooming.
Mubarek Ali was convicted of two charges of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation. He was also found guilty of four charges of controlling child prostitution and an offence of causing child prostitution.