Coventry, 21 December 2016. Five men have been convicted of sexually abusing and trafficking six teenage girls in Coventry.
Waqaar Khan, Kadeem Bourne, Kenan Kelly, Marcus Woolcock and Zahid Chaudhary were accused of almost 40 offences, Warwick Crown Court heard.
Ringleader Khan befriended the girls, aged 15 to 17, on social media before picking them up and forcing them to have sex, sometimes filming it.
West Midlands Police described them as “brazen, calculating and evil”.
The court heard the men took the girls, some of whom were in care, to secluded areas of the city and sometimes gave them alcohol or drugs before abusing and trafficking them for sex.
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One girl, aged 17, said she was knocked out by one of the men and came round to see them watching a video of herself being raped while she was unconscious.
Det Chief Inspector Ian Green said Khan came to the attention of police in March when he was a mutual “friend” on the accounts of several vulnerable young girls in the city.
When police subsequently examined his phone, officers found thousands of text messages containing “sexualised conversations and several videos of graphic sexual abuse”.