Three British men in their early 20s were found guilty of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child after they imprisoned a 14-year-old, drugged her, and forced her to have sex with at least 20 people, police said.
The girl, who was reported missing by a relative, was rescued by police after she crawled out of a window in only her underwear, the International Business Times reported.
Jake Cairns, 21; Jack McInally, 21; and Brandon Sharples, 20 had their sentencing delayed yesterday after they were first condemned by the Birmingham Crown Court in November on child sexual exploitation charges. Cairns was also found guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images of a child.
After kidnapping the young teen, the three men posted photos of the sedated girl on the UK site Viva Street, which similar to the U.S. listing site Backpage. They advertised the girl as an 18-year-old escort.
Her face was not visible in the photographs, but one of the photos showed the girl wearing a distinctive necklace she owned, the Coventry Telegraph said.
Investigators discovered Cairn’s DNA on a duvet in the room where she was held, as well as the DNA of four others, the BBC reported.
"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,” said West Midlands Police Detective Constable Jon Barker.
"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,” Barker said. "Now that a jury has found them guilty they can expect to be handed long jail terms."
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