Two men from Chesham have been jailed for a total of 15 years following an investigation into child sexual exploitation offences against two 15 year old girls.
A 32 year old man from Upper George Street, Chesham and a 21 year old man from Severalls Avenue, Chesham were sentenced at Aylesbury Crown Court on the afternoon of 3rd October 2014.
The 32 year old man was sentenced to seven years in prison for one count of inciting a child into prostitution, six years in prison for trafficking within the UK and five years in prison for sexual activity with a child, to run concurrently.
The 21 year old man was sentenced to eight years in prison for one count of inciting a child into prostitution, seven years in prison for trafficking within the UK and five years in prison for inciting sexual activity with a child, to run concurrently.
The pair were convicted on the 9th September 2014 after standing trial and being found guilty of all charges by a unanimous verdict from the jury.
The charges relate to offences which began in Chesham involving two 15 year old girls between 29th December 2012 and 31st December 2012.
Thames Valley Police launched their investigation on 31st December 2012 after they were made aware of two incidents involving the two girls.
At round 11.00pm on 29th December 2012 both girls were together when one of them received a call from the 21 year old man asking if they wanted to go ‘cruising’ with them. They declined. However, the girls were later approached by him as he travelled in a car as they walked to a friend’s house. They eventually got into the car and were driven a short distance where they met the 32 year old man who was sat in the driver’s seat of another vehicle. The girls, along with the 21 year old man, then got into the vehicle of the 32 year old man.
While travelling in the car together one of the girls asked the 21 year old man if they could leave and get out of the car. He refused and said they needed to go somewhere else first. The car was then driven to a place which was later established to be a park in the Watford area. During the journey the girls were offered drinks and drugs. The 21 year old man also told them that he was opening a brothel and needed more working girls asking whether they would be interested. He told one of them that if they agreed they could earn £65,000 a year and could start taking cocaine as well.
On arriving at the park one of the girls was told to go for a walk with the 32 year old man. The girl refused but eventually went with him out of fear. The pair walked into a wooded area where she was pressured into engaging in sexual activity.
The girls were eventually dropped off back to Chesham at around 3.00am the morning of 30th December 2012. During the car journey home the 21 year old man repeatedly asked one of the girls if she wanted to work as a prostitute. The victim eventually agreed, again out of fear and pressure. The 21 year old man went onto tell her that she needed to go for a ‘trial run’.
The following day, 31st December 2012, the girl was pressured by the 21 year old man to meet a man for sex which she initially refused to do but later agreed out of fear as he became aggressive. She met with the man, but he recognised her as being underage and left.
It was later that evening that police were contacted and an investigation was launched.