A Derby charity has praised the bravery of the victims of five men who have been found guilty of paying for the sexual services of a child.
Mark Adaoui, Ijaz Ahmed, John Shaw, Anthony Lambert and Stefan Godfrey were all convicted following a trial at Derby Crown Court. They will be sentenced at a later date.
Five other men, who formed part of the same police investigation, have already admitted sexual offences involving children.
Safe and Sound Derby, which helps children and young people who are being, or who are at risk of being sexually exploited, worked closely with local agencies throughout the operation.
It's hoped lessons can be learned from the investigation by Derbyshire Police into how to prevent the sexual exploitation of children in the future.
A Government inquiry is underway to tackle the problem across the country.
Those working on it say the issue is complicated and difficult to investigate.
But they hope the outcome of the inquiry will help to prevent young people being targeted.
Michael Sibert reports.
A charity based in Derby which works with young and vulnerable people in the city has praised the police investigation which led to five men being found guilty of paying for the sexual services of children.
Safe and Sound Derby helps children and young people who are being, or who are at
risk of being sexually exploited.
It worked closely with local agencies and the police throughout the investigation.
Nathalie Walters said:
“We have been providing support to two of the victims as well as to the parents of one of the victims, helping them to move forward in their lives.
“The girls have had to wait for two years for this case to come to court where they then had to relive their horrific ordeal all over again.
“Giving evidence in court and being questioned in front of the perpetrators has been a harrowing experience for them.
“They have showed amazing bravery and strength of character and without theirtestimonies these men would not have been convicted."
– Nathalie Walters, Chief Executive of Safe and Sound Derby
“This case demonstrates that child sexual exploitation can come in many forms from on-street to internet grooming and that offenders can come from all walks of life.
“We hope these verdicts show that child sexual exploitation will not be tolerated in any form.”
Detective Superintendent Andy Stokes thanks the teenage girls for coming forward to give evidence after five men from Derbyshire were convicted for paying for the sexual services of children.
This CCTV shows John Shaw, who's 53, checking into a hotel with two teenage girls in Derby in 2010.
One girl, who was 15-years-old at the time, is carrying a teddy bear.
Today Shaw was found guilty of two counts of paying for the sexual services of a child.
Four other men were also prosecuted in the trial at Derby Crown Court, which has lasted five weeks.
Five men have today been found guilty of paying for the sexual services of a child.
Mark Adaoui, Ijaz Ahmed, John Shaw, Anthony Lambert and Stefan Godfrey were all found guilty following a five-week trial at Derby Crown Court.
The court has heard how the men preyed on vulnerable teenage girls, picking them up on the street and paying them around £30 to have sex with them.
The jury was also told how the girls were taken to hotels in Derby and were given drugs by the men.
Today's prosecution comes after a lengthy investigation by Derbyshire Police which began in July 2010.
More to follow...