Three men who drugged a 14-year-old girl and forced her into prostitution for five days were arrested after the teen managed to escape through a bathroom window and flag down police.
Jake Cairns, 21, Brandon Sharples, 20, and Jack McInally, 21, of Coventry, England, held the girl captive for five days in June 2015 and advertised her as an 18-year-old on an escort site. The Coventry Telegraph reported that West Midlands police rescued the girl on June 13, 2015, as she was spotted climbing out of the first-floor bathroom window while wearing only her underwear.
Police found that Cairns had taken illicit photographs of the 14-year-old and posted them on an adult website. While the photos didn’t show the girl’s face, a necklace shown in the pictures belonged to the girl and was recovered by police, according to the Telegraph.
DNA also recovered from a duvet in the room where she was coerced into having sex came from five different people, including Cairns.
“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,” Detective Constable Jon Barker commented.
Cairns, Sharples, and McInally were convicted in November facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child. Cairns was also found guilty of arranging child sexual exploitation and taking and distributing indecent images of a child, the newspaper noted.
Though the men were scheduled to learn their fate on Monday, the hearing was reportedly adjourned until Thursday.
[Featured Image: Jake Cairns, Brandon Sharples and Jack McInally/West Midlands Police]