"After years of being exploited the girls then went through a huge amount during the course of this investigation and the trials themselves were then a real ordeal for those that gave evidence.
"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the strength and character shown by all of the victims who came and gave evidence and also thank their families for the support they have shown during what has been a truly horrible time." Laura Johnston, director of children's services at Telford & Wrekin Council, said alarm bells first started to ring when council staff working with young people realised some young women were talking about seeing the same men and being taken to the same places.
She remembers the girls wept — and the men laughed. The men would come into the large room to pay an ISIS official and then take away one or two or three girls each. “They were very happy.” Farida recognized two of the men in the video, one with long hair and a man sitting next to him on a couch. It was “I see this and I don’t think of my case, I think of all the girls, because they would do everything to them,” she said.
Farida, 19, doesn’t know how much money she was sold for and, until we showed her a video on an i Pad, she had never seen a slave auction from the perspective of the buyers. “We want justice." Farida and the other girls in the ISIS market are Yazidis, members of the small religious minority in northern Iraq that ISIS has targeted for extermination and enslavement.
"We are pleased that the judicial process has resulted in a number of convictions and consequent jail sentences.
"We have been clear from the start that this is purely about criminal behaviour by a few individuals." See tonight's Shropshire Star Last edition for a three-page special report.
DOHOK, Iraq — Farida says there were 80 girls in that large room in Raqqa, the ISIS capital in eastern Syria.
They were all about to be bought as slaves by ISIS fighters. She didn't know their names — but Farida realized this wasn’t just any day at the slave auction in Raqqa.
The subsequent police investigation, dubbed Operation Chalice, revealed details of a network of men from the Muslim community who targeted young and vulnerable teenage girls.Also convicted were Mohammed Ali Sultan, 26, of Victoria Avenue, Wellington; Tanveer Ahmed, 40, of Urban Gardens, Wellington; Mohammed Islam Choudhrey, 53, of Solway Drive, Sutton Hill; Mahroof Khan, 35, of Caradoc Flats, Kingshaye Road, Wellington, and Mohammed Younis, 60, of Kingsland, Arleston.This afternoon, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, who was the senior investigating officer on Operation Chalice, said: "We are pleased with the convictions we have achieved as a result of this operation – an operation that is among the most complex West Mercia Police has ever undertaken.His 29-year-old brother, Mubarek Ali, known as Max, was given 22 years, 14 years' immediate custody and eight years on licence, for seven offences – four of controlling child prostitution, causing child prostitution and two offences of trafficking in the UK for the purpose of prostitution, involving two of the victims.Both men were made the subject of lifelong Sexual Offences Prevention Orders.