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Men jailed for forcing captive girl into prostitution

Cairns, Sharples and McInally have been convicted of child sexual exploitation (from left to right). Photo: West Midlands Police

Three men have been jailed for child sexual exploitation after forcing a 14-year-old girl they held captive, into prostitution.

Jack Cairns, Brandon Sharples and Jack McInally plied the teenager with drugs and held her at an address in Somerset Road in Coventry for five days.

21-year-old Cairns took explicit photos of her and posted them on an adult contact site called Viva Street. Police believe she was made to have sex with around 20 'clients' before the force rescued her on 13 June 2015.

Police found the girl dressed only in her underwear, trying to escape out of a first floor bathroom window.

DNA which was discovered on a duvet in a room where the teenager was forced to entertain visitors, was shown to have come from five different sources including Cairns.

The three men were found guilty at Warwick Crown Court. Credit: West Midlands Police

20-year-old Sharples, 21-year-old McInally and Cairns were arrested at the scene on suspicion of child abduction.

At Warwick Crown Court, all three were found guilty of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.

Cairns was additionally found guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images of a child.

Sharples from Wyley Road in Road, Cairns from Cheveral Avenue and McInally of no fixed address were remanded in prison and are set to be sentenced in January.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jon Barker, said:

These three men were involved with the shocking exploitation of a young girl – they took advantage of her drug dependency and made money out of forcing her to have sex with strangers.

Cairns initially denied knowing the girl but later changed his story after he was identified during an ID procedure – and our financial enquiries showed he’d paid for the Viva Street advert via his own bank account.

– Detective Constable Jon Barker

DC Jon Barker hopes the jury will sentence the trio to "long jail terms”.