FOUR men from Batley and Dewsbury have been jailed for a combined 50 years after they sexually exploited young girls.
All four were convicted at Leeds Crown Court of trafficking a 13-year-old, with three of them found guilty of raping her.
Two of the defendants were sentenced for further offences involving another 15-year-old girl.
The four were prosecuted following an investigation by Wakefield District Child Sexual Exploitation team into offending in the Wakefield and Kirklees districts.
The 13-year-old first came into contact with Mohammed Chothia and Ismail Haji in August, 2014, in Thornes Park, Wakefield, along with a 15-year-old girl.
Haji, who worked as a taxi driver, drove them to Xscape in Castleford, where they went bowling. Over the following weeks, the two girls were also introduced to Imran Haji and Ibrahim Kola and were taken to a flat in Dewsbury, where both were subjected to serious sexual assaults.
The younger girl was raped for the first time by Ismali Haji after she had become drunk on vodka at Chothia’s flat in Machells Mill in Dewsbury town centre.
The ordeal was filmed by Chothia on a mobile phone.
She said that she was then given a mobile phone for Chothia to contact her on.
David Gordon, prosecuting, told the court that the men lied about their age, used flattery and plied the girls with alcohol.
The 15-year-old said that on another occasion at Chothia’s flat, they had played ‘spin the bottle’ and a game called ‘five minutes in paradise’, in which the girls went into the bedroom with one of the men for five minutes of sexual contact.
She said she was raped that weekend by Ismali Haji after he had asked her to go into a bedroom with him, so he could talk to her in a quiet place. But he pushed her onto the bed and raped her.
Police officers were made aware of the incidents when the 13-year-old told a school welfare officer she had been sexually assaulted by men at an address in Dewsbury.
West Yorkshire Police welcomed the convictions and said officers will relentlessly target those who try to abuse and exploit children and the vulnerable.
Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain, District Commander for Wakefield, said:
“Tackling child sexual exploitation and safeguarding the vulnerable is the top priority for Wakefield Police, just as it is for the rest of the force, and I am very pleased to see these men behind bars.
“It is no exaggeration to say these men behaved in a reprehensible fashion and targeted some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.”
Detective Inspector Lis Walker of the Wakefield District Safeguarding Unit said: “These men took advantage of young and vulnerable victims for the sole purpose of sexually abusing them.
“They were devious and manipulative in order to achieve their vile objectives.
“They will now have a collective 50 years in prison to reflect upon the consequences of their wickedness.
“However, whilst we welcome the sentences at court today, it is the victims that are, and have always been, at the forefront of our thoughts and of all we have done.
“Their bravery and courage in coming forward and supporting the prosecution of the men who treated them so abominably should be recognised.
“They have remained steadfast for almost two years, waiting for justice to be done.”