Monday 19 August 2019

Teenage girl escapes through window after being held captive and forced into sex with 20 men

'Predators targeted a vulnerable girl and subjected her to unthinkable abuse,' says children's charity

Clockwise from top left: Jack McInally, Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples. The men have been found guilty of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl in Coventry West Midlands Police
Clockwise from top left: Jack McInally, Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples. The men have been found guilty of sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl in Coventry West Midlands Police

Jon Sharman

A 14-year-old schoolgirl who was held captive for five days, drugged, and forced to have sex with 20 men, was rescued when police spotted her climbing out of a window in her underwear.

Three men who kidnapped the teen in Coventry in the UK have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation after posting images of her on an escort website and lying about her age. They claimed she was 18.

Jake Cairns, 21,  Brandon Sharples, 20, and Jack McInally, 21, have all been convicted of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child.

Cairns was also guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images.

It was he who took explicit photos of the girl and posted them to adult contact site Viva Street, West Midlands Police said – using his own bank and email accounts to set up the listing.

All three were arrested when police barged into a home after spotting the girl climbing out of a first-floor bathroom window in only her underwear.

They had launched a missing persons probe after the girl disappeared from a relative’s home.

“These three men were involved with the shocking exploitation of a young girl," said Detective Constable Jon Barker said. “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 Vivastreet advert via his own bank account.

“Now that a jury has found them guilty they can expect to be handed long jail terms.”

UK children's charity, The NSPCC praised the girl’s “incredible bravery”.

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