Kings Heath man jailed for ten years for trafficking a girl to Birmingham where she was abused
Written by Tristan Harris on June 1, 2019
A KINGS Heath man has been jailed for ten years after a girl from trafficked from Telford to Birmingham where she was abused.
Ghamer Sulaymen, 23, of Mercia Drive, in Kings Heath, previously denied the charges but was found guilty of two counts of human trafficking and one count of rape by a jury at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
Sulayman was found not guilty on six counts of rape and one of human trafficking at the Judge’s direction.
Ayad Hizam, of Bridgecroft, in Balsall Heath, was found not guilty of four counts of abducting a child and four counts of sexual activity with a child.
Saleh Qasem, of Runcorn Road, in Balsall Heath, was found not guilty of one count of human trafficking and one count of sexual assault.
The men, all from Birmingham, were charged with offences which happened between February and July 2016 to one victim, who was 15 at the time.
Det Con Steve Parton, who led the investigation, praised the victim, who is now 18, for her courage and bravery.
He said: “The victim in this case has shown great courage and bravery, it has not been easy and I hope today’s verdict offers some solace to her as she now moves forward in her life.
“I’d also like to recognise the fantastic support Telford and Wrekin Council’s CATE (Children Abused Through Exploitation) team has provided and have no doubt we would not be where we are today without the work they have carried out.”
Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault and feels they may need support can contact West Mercia’s free, independent and confidential Victim Advice Line.
People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk and do not have had to have reported the offence to the police.
To report child sexual abuse or child sexual exploitation, regardless of when it happened, to West Mercia Police ring 101 or alternatively information can be passed to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency and if a crime is taking place always ring 999.