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.”