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Three convicted of holding girl captive and forcing her into prostitution in Coventry

Three men have been convicted of holding a girl captive at a house in Coventry and forcing her into prostitution.

Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples and Jack McInally plied the 14-year-old with drugs and held her at an address in Somerset Road, Coventry, for five days. 

Cairns took explicit photos of her and posted them on adult contact site Viva Street – and it’s believed she was made to have sex with around 20 ‘clients’ before West Midlands Police rescued her on 13 June 2015.

Officers launched a missing person enquiry after the girl disappeared from a relative’s home in Coventry on 8 June.

Information led them to the address in Somerset Road where they found the teenager, dressed only in her underwear, trying to climb out of a first floor bathroom window to escape her abusers.

They forced open the front door to the property and arrested Cairns (21), Sharples (20) and 21-year-old McInally on suspicion of child abduction.

Detectives found an email address linked to Cairns was used to create a Viva Street advert; the girl’s face was not visible but one photo featured a distinctive necklace belonging to the girl which police recovered.

And DNA discovered on a duvet in a room, where she was forced to entertain visitors, was shown to have come from five different sources, including Cairns.

At Warwick Crown Court on Tuesday (Nov 14) all three were found guilty of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child. Cairns was additionally found guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images of a child.

Cairns, from Cheveral Avenue, Sharples from Wyley Road in Radford, McInally of no fixed address were remanded into prison and are set to be sentenced in January.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Jon Barker, said: “These three men were involved with the shocking exploitation of a young girl – they took advantage of her drug dependency and made money out of forcing her to have sex with strangers.

“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 Viva Street advert via his own bank account.

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

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