Woman warned to expect long jail term for child prostitute ring

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A YOUNG woman who started “pimping out” vulnerable underage girls for prostitution from the age of just 15 has been warned by a judge to expect an “immediate and lengthy” jail term.

Amanda Spencer, 23, stood accused of befriending nine young girls – some as young as 11 and most in the care system – on the streets of Sheffield before luring them into a life of prostitution.

Amanda Spencer at Sheffield Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Amanda Spencer at Sheffield Crown Court. Picture: Ross Parry Agency

Spencer made the girls have sex with men in flats around Sheffield, as well as in the city’s Castle Markets, and the toilets of nearby McDonald’s and KFC restaurants between 2006 and 2011.

The court heard that Spencer used drink and drugs to lure the girls in and would become aggressive if they refused to have sex with the men. After a six-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court – and more than 30 hours of juror deliberation – Spencer was found guilty of 16 crimes relating to child prostitution.

Judge Michael Murphy remanded Spencer in custody yesterday, and said: “Expect an immediate and lengthy prison term.”

Spencer was found guilty of 14 counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and two counts of causing or inciting child prostitution.

She was cleared of a further three counts of arranging or facilitating child prostitution and was also cleared of three counts of causing or inciting child prostitution.

Spencer, along with co-accused Kareem Ahmed, 30, was cleared of trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation. Ian Foster, 69, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault on underage girls and one sexual assault on an adult.

Lee Unwin, 27, was cleared of paying for the sexual service of a child.

Bashdar Hamadamin, 26, was cleared of a charge of rape. John McLachlan, 65, who was accused of paying for the sexual services of a child, died midway through the trial.

Jurors could not reach verdicts on 14 counts against Spencer and were discharged from their duties. Spencer and Foster are to be sentenced together on Tuesday.