This is the shocking moment a man was caught on CCTV leading two young girls into a hotel for sex.
The appalling video was shown during the trial of eight men who were yesterday jailed in Derby for a total of 42 years for preying on girls aged 13 to 15, picked up from care homes and the streets.
The vile men, aged between 35 and 60, slept with the girls in exchange for as little as £5, cigarettes, drugs, mobile phones and treats – including a child’s toy and rides on a farmer’s tractor.
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Anthony Lambert, 51, Stefan Godfrey, 44, John Shaw, 55, Ijaz Ahmed, 35, and Mark Adaoui, 40, Colin Simpson, 55, David Shardlow, 56, and Ian Yeoman, 60, were jailed for a series of sex offences.
The problem of teen prostitution in the city suburbs of Normanton and Pear Tree was so rife, one girl distressingly said that she thought taking money for sex simply ‘must be part of growing up’.
Disturbing CCTV footage played during the five-week trial showed one of the men, Shaw, checking into a Jurys Inn hotel with one girl and her friend, who could be seen clutching a large teddy bear.
Shaw, who lives in a caravan on a farm in Kniveton, Derbyshire, was found guilty of paying the same girl for sexual activity on two occasions at Sinfin golf course, near Derby, when she was 15.
CCTV footage shows John Shaw checking into a hotel with a girl who is clutching a large teddy bear
He was found not guilty of assaulting the girl when she told him she did not want to have sex with him and he was jailed for four years and 11 months. The video footage of Shaw was from 2010.
‘The message that crimes such as this are happening in Derby and Derbyshire is getting out to the public’
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Stokes
Five victims were involved in the case but it is thought up to 15 girls may have been targeted for sex in 2009 and 2010. The men did not know each other, and carried out their activities individually.
They were all caught by officers under Operation Kern, which targeted those seeking the services of children for sex. Five of the men, including Shaw, had denied the charges.
Married Mark Adaoui, 40, from Derby, was found guilty of paying a 15-year-old girl on two occasions to perform a sex act on him in his car. He brought cannabis along and they smoked it together. He was jailed for seven years.
John Shaw, left, was jailed for four years and 11 months and Anthony Lambert, right, got six years in prison
Stefan Godfrey, 44, from Pinxton, Derbyshire, was convicted by jury of paying a different 15-year-old girl on two occasions for sex knowing or believing she was underage. He was jailed for six years.
‘You did not only take advantage of these vulnerable girls, you did so to satisfy your middle-aged desires to have sex with them and you were prepared to pay the paltry sums they charged’
Judge John Gosling
Ijaz Ahmed, 35, from Derby, was found guilty of paying two different girls for sex when they were 15. He was jailed for six years.
Anthony Lambert, 51, from Derby, was found guilty of paying for sex twice with the same girl. She said she drank alcohol, smoked cannabis, ate a kebab and watched a film at his house. He also gave her money towards a new mobile phone. He was jailed for six years.
Colin Simpson, 55, from Worksop, had previously pleaded guilty to three charges of paying for sexual services of a 15-year-old girl. He was jailed for four years.
Stefan Godfrey, left, was jailed for six years and Mark Adaoui, right, was jailed for seven years
Ijaz Ahmed, left, was jailed for six years and Ian Yeoman, right, was given four years and eight months
David Shardlow, 56, from Derby, pleaded guilty to nine counts of paying for sexual services of two girls aged 15 and possessing indecent images of children. He was also jailed for four years.
Ian Yeoman, 60, from Derby, had also previously confessed to 12 counts of paying for sexual services of two different 15-year-old girls. He was jailed for four years and eight months.
Sentencing the men, Judge John Gosling said: ‘In recent times and recent years in this country, we have begun to realise how the extent of the sexual abuse of children is becoming more prevalent.’
He distanced the crimes to similar ones in 2010, when 13 men were jailed for up to 22 years for a total of 70 offences in a police investigation known as Operation Retriever.
‘I am not dealing with a team of predators and there are no allegations that they forced themselves on the girls.
‘But you did not only take advantage of these vulnerable girls, you did so to satisfy your middle-aged desires to have sex with them and you were prepared to pay the paltry sums they charged.’
Speaking outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Andy Stokes said police were ‘really pleased’ with the outcome – in part because the victims ‘have now seen justice and closure’ on what happened to them.
He added: ‘The convictions have come about due to the tremendous work the investigating team did. The message that crimes such as this are happening in Derby and Derbyshire is getting out to the public, raising their awareness.’
In victim impact statements read out in the court Mark Achurch, prosecuting, said one of the girls felt her ‘trust in males was (now) non-existent” while another said she “could not wait for the sentencing as it would be the first day of the rest of her life’.
Safe and Sound Derby helps children and young people who are being, or who are at risk of being sexually exploited and worked with two of the victims in the case and the parents of one of the victims.
Speaking outside court Nathalie Walters, chief executive, said: ‘The men involved in this case were sexual predators who targeted and preyed upon vulnerable young girls.
‘We hope that the sentences handed down to them today send a clear message out that child sexual exploitation will not be tolerated.
‘The girls had to wait for two years to come to court where they had to relive their horrific ordeal in front of the very men who exploited them.
‘Hopefully these sentences will provide some comfort to the victims and their parents and help them to move on with their lives.’