Brothers jailed over child sex exploitation

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Two men have been jailed for a “significant number” of sexual offences against vulnerable young girls.

Ahdel Ali, 24, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, while his 29-year-old brother Mubarek was handed a 14-year term by Judge Patrick Thomas QC at Worcester Crown Court yesterday.

The brothers, both of Regent Street, Wellington, had denied a total of 26 offences alleged to have been committed against four teenagers aged between 13 and 16 between March 2008 and December 2009.

Mubarek Ali had denied four counts of controlling child prostitution, two of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation, and one of causing child prostitution between March 2008 and December 2009.

His brother had denied three charges of controlling child prostitution, 11 of sexual activity with a child, two of inciting child prostitution, one of meeting a child following sexual grooming, one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, and a count of rape alleged to have been committed between June and September 2008.

They were convicted of all but one charge. Ahdel Ali was cleared on one charge of inciting child prostitution.

Police investigating the offences had worked alongside specialists from the UK Human Trafficking Centre, as well as social workers and council officials to support the victims.

Speaking after seeing the men sentenced, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, senior investigating officer for West Mercia Police said: “Ahdel Ali and Mubarek Ali targeted these girls because of their vulnerability and then systematically groomed them in such a way that eventually they could exploit them sexually for their own gain and gratification.

“This trial has been an ordeal for those giving evidence and I would like to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by all of the victims who came and gave evidence.”