Five men jailed for 28 years for trafficking girl, 13, for sex

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Five men who thought they were ‘untouchable’ are behind bars today for a total of 28 years after being found guilty of sexually exploiting a 13-year-old Sheffield runaway.

The teenage girl was driven around Bradford and used for sex, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Jailing them Judge Johnathan Durham-Hall said: “It is evident that she was a very vulnerable, impressionable child. You each in turn subjected her to an appalling ordeal.”

There were dramatic scenes at Sheffield Crown Court as the men were sentenced to a total of 28-and-a-half years.

They were found guilty by a jury of trafficking and abusing the ‘vulnerable’ 13-year-old who ran away from her Sheffield home last August.

Shakeal Rehman, aged 26, Mohammed Shapal, 22, Bekir Rasheed, 36, and Yaseen Amini, 37, all from Bradford, were found guilty of trafficking for sexual activity following a lengthy trial.

Usman Ali, aged 21, also from Bradford and Shapal were found guilty of sexual activity with a child while Rehman was found guilty of rape.

Amini, of Lopham Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, was found guilty of sexual activity with a child.

Rehman was jailed for 12 year, Rasheed and Shapal both got four years and Amini was given five-and-a-half years.

Ali was jailed for three years.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, ran away a week after her 13th birthday and was found a week later in Bradford.

During her seven day ordeal, she was picked up by a man named ‘Shaz’ who is still wanted for having sex with her.

When he abandoned her on the street, she was picked up by Rehman and Shapal, who took her to a hotel.

There Rehman raped her and Shapal later spent the night and had sex with her.

Next she was befriended by Ali, who was not known to the others, and he had sex with her in the back seat of his car.

A few days later she was driven to a party at Amini’s home by Rasheed, where Amini had sex with her.

Jailing them, Judge Durham-Hall said the men thought it ‘didn’t matter’ they could ‘do what they want’ and they were ‘untouchable’.

But, he said: “It does matter.”

Speaking after the hearing, detective inspector Helen Tate of South Yorkshire Police said: “I cannot put into words what this child experienced at the hands of these men.

“We hope that by securing convictions for these crimes today we send a warning to those individuals who choose to exploit young people. You will be found and brought to justice.