Twelve-year jail term for man convicted of sex trafficking in south Lincolnshire

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A man who arranged for two teenage girls to be taken from a south Lincolnshire children’s home to London for sex has been jailed for 12 years today.

Billal Amin (33), of Lea Bridge Road, Leyton, London, sent a taxi to Lincolnshire to collect the girls, aged 14 and 15, for them to be taken to a hotel in East London.

Abandoning a 14-year-old girl in London, in the middle of the night, beggars belief

Judge Simon Hirst at Lincoln Crown Court

Martin Hurst, prosecuting, said the girls were given alcohol to drink before the 14-year-old performed a sex act on Amin.

The girl then had sex with another man before Amin took a taxi with both girls, telling them they were going to his home.

But when they got out of the taxi, Amin disappeared and the girls were left abandoned in the street.

Mr Hurst said: “The girls were left in London, in the the middle of the night, and had no idea where they were.

“They sought help and police were contacted, resulting in an investigation that led to the arrest of Amin.

Amin, who faced two charges of trafficking for sexual exploitation and two charges of sexual activity with a child, originally appeared at Boston Magistrates Court in June 2015.

A police inquiry revealed that two months before the meeting at a Travelodge hotel in East London, Amin had met the 14-year-old girl in London and had also performed a sex act on him.

Amin had denied all four charges but was convicted on a 10-2 majority on three of them, including trafficking for sexual exploitation in March 2013, by a jury which also cleared him of the other trafficking count.

Passing sentence, Judge Simon Hirst said: “This child was extremely vulnerable and you knew she was 14 because she told you.

“But you acted disgracefully at the Travelodge Hotel by abandoning a 14-year-old girl in London, in the middle of the night, which beggars belief.”

As well as being jailed, Amin was also placed on the sex offenders’ register for life and given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order banning him from having contact with any child under 16.

Giving evidence himself, Amin told the jury that his life had been ruined and he wished he had never gone anywhere near the girl.

Paul Hodgkinson, defending, said Amin was a hard-working man of previously impeccable good character who helps care for his mother and is due to become a father in two months’ time.

Two other men, taxi driver Sheraz Hussain (33), of Orchid Close, Newham, London, and Jonpal Sambi (28), of Gorse Close, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, were both cleared of all charges.

Both men had denied two charges of trafficking for sexual exploitation, while Sambi had also denied having sexual activity with a child.