Three sentenced for sexual exploitation of underage girls


Two men and a seventeen year old boy from Middlesbrough were today sentenced for their involvement in the grooming and abuse of six vulnerable underage girls.

Shakil Munir, 32, was jailed for eight years after being found guilty after trial of four counts of sexual activity with a child and one of abduction. Sakib Ahmed, 19, was jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child.

Ateeq Latif, 17, was found guilty after trial of two counts of arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence. He was sentenced to three years in a young offenders' institution. The judge also lifted an order which had prevented him from being named. All three were made subject to sexual offences prevention orders, with Munir and Ahmed also receiving driving bans of eight and six years respectively.

Gillian Milton, Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Co-ordinator for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Those sentenced today were involved in the systematic sexual exploitation of six particularly vulnerable young girls. In spite of their vulnerability, the victims have shown significant courage throughout this trial and I would hope that today's sentences bring them some measure of closure.

"Tackling this kind of abuse is a priority for all parts of the criminal justice system and the CPS are well equipped to build strong cases against those committing such offences. We also continue to work closely with police and other agencies to ensure that extensive support is provided for victims throughout the investigation and prosecution of such cases.

"I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse to come forward and report it to police."