A man from Oldham who gave alcohol and drugs to a young girl before sexually assaulting her has been jailed.
27-year-old Zabed Shah of Oldham, was sentenced this week at Minshull Street Crown Court to 36 months in prison, after pleading guilty to sexual assault on a child, attempting to pay for the sexual services of a child and supplying Class A drugs.
Abdul Latif, 30, from Manchester, was also jailed for 27 months after admitting supplying Class A drugs.
The court heard how in December last year, a 14-year-old girl disclosed to officers that she had been taken to a hotel in Manchester by two older men.
She was with a 13-year-old friend at the time of the offence and they had been given alcohol before Shah sexually assaulted her.
Oldham’s Pheonix officers, who work with agencies to safeguard vulnerable young people, began investigating, and a week later a 15-year-old and 16-year-old girl were reported missing to police.
The team received information that Shah was back at the same Manchester hotel he had taken his victims previously.
Officers attended and found Shah and Latif in a room with the two missing girls who were both under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
As part of Shah’s conviction, he will also have to sign the sex offenders register for ten years.
PC Andy Barratt, from Oldham’s Phoenix team, said: “Shah preyed on vulnerable young girls fuelling them with drink and drugs before trying to sexually exploit them whilst Latif encouraged his behaviour and stood by and watched.
“Both men deserve the sentences they were handed today and I hope the people of Oldham now feel safer knowing these despicable men are off the streets.
“I would like to praise the victims for their bravery in reporting this to police and helping officers to put these men behind bars”.
Project Phoenix is a multi-agency response to CSE across the whole of Greater Manchester. The project brings together police, local authorities, NHS and third sector organisations, using their collective expertise to safeguard vulnerable young people at risk of exploitation and target those who would try to exploit them.
Please visit www.itsnotokay.co.uk for information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it.