Men who abused teenagers jailed for a total of 32 years

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Two men have been jailed for a total of 32 years after being convicted of sexually abusing teenage girls in Peterborough.

Yasir Ali, 28, of Grange Road, Peterborough was jailed for 20 years for 15 offences including four rapes and seven charges of trafficking girls for sexual exploitation. Daaim Ashraf, 19, of Almoners Lane, Peterborough, was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for nine offences including five trafficking charges.

Six of the victims, the youngest was just 13, were abused at a hotel in Peterborough in January and February last year. One of the girls was also raped in an alleyway in Stamford.

A further two victims were identified during the investigation and disclosed to having been raped in cars at Ferry Meadows in 2008 and 2010.

Ali said his victims had lied about what happened, even claiming to be a victim to police - but the ‘sexual predator’ started his 20 year sentence today.

Their victims, who cannot be named for legal reasons, came from the Stamford, Rutland and Peterborough areas.

The investigation was part of Operation Erle - a joint proactive investigation between Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Peterborough City Council’s Children’s Services.

The girls were traced after being identified as being at risk of being exploited through an information trawl by police and Peterborough City Council in January, last year.

On the day the investigation was launched, police also received a referral from Rutland Social Care after a girl had disclosed being raped at a Peterborough hotel.

That led detectives to the Day’s Inn hotel at Haddon. CCTV was seized and further victims were subsequently traced along with the offenders.

The case follows a successful prosecution at the Old Bailey earlier this year where five men and teenage boys were convicted of a catalogue of sexual offences against underage girls. Four were jailed for a total of 54 years.