Amanda Spencer jailed for 12 years for offences related to child prostitution

06/05/2014

Amanda Spencer has today been sentenced to 12 years in prison, having been found guilty of 16 charges relating to child prostitution. Ian Foster, who had been found guilty at an earlier trial of 12 child sex offences was found guilty of three charges of sexual assault and was sentenced to a total of 14 years in prison.

Martin Goldman, Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"Amanda Spencer deliberately targeted her young victims because of their vulnerabilities. She befriended them. She supplied them with alcohol and drugs, and then she introduced them to a life of prostitution, degradation and abuse.

"I would like to pay tribute today to the commendable courage they have demonstrated in coming forward, helping the police with their investigations, and giving evidence in court. Their bravery has ensured that this defendant has been found guilty of the abuse she perpetrated. And it has also sent out a strong message to any other victims of sexual abuse.

"Victims who succumb to sexual activity through grooming and manipulation do not, in the eyes of the law, consent to it. If this has happened to you, your freedom to make a choice has been taken away. So I urge any victims of sexual offences to come forward and report their abuse. We and the police will listen to you and support you.

"Child sexual abuse and exploitation is an abhorrent crime which will be investigated and prosecuted with the utmost rigour. I hope the sentences   handed down today send a clear message that this type of criminality will not be tolerated in our communities."