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Amjid Hussain (05/12/82), of Ebony Street, Blackburn has today been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to grooming and engaging in sexual communication with a child, grooming and sexual activity with a child and paying for the sexual services of a child.
Hussain will be put on an extended licence, as well as being subject to a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and will now be on the sex offenders register for life.
In January 2020, officers were called to a report of concern for the welfare of a 15-year-old girl at a hotel in Manchester City Centre.
Officers were alerted to this incident due to an observant member of the public who spotted the pair and was concerned about the behaviour they witnessed.
Officers attended and found Hussain in a private room with a 15-year-old girl.
He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of rape and a number of mobile devices were seized.
Analysis of Hussain's mobile devices revealed that between 2018 and 2020 he had been engaging in sexual communication with two additional teenage girls via a social media app.
On one occasion, in December 2019, Hussain had met one of the girls at a hotel in Leeds and during this meeting; he paid for the sexual services of a child.
Detective Chief Inspector, Simon Moyles of GMP's City of Manchester's Complex Safeguarding Hub said: "I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and co-operation throughout this investigation and commend the work of the officers involved and the multi-agency work conducted across three forces to secure this conviction"
"Hussain groomed these young girls and engaged in sexual communication and activity with them to satisfy his own sexual perversion. I hope today's sentencing provides a sense of justice to his victims and also sends a stark message that GMP will ensure anyone found to be engaging with a child in a sexual manner will face the serious consequences of their actions."
Councillor Garry Bridges, Executive Member for Children & Schools at Manchester City Council, said: "Manchester's Complex Safeguarding Hub exists to co-ordinate the response between police, social workers and other experts to crime involving at-risk young people including child sexual exploitation - helping to prosecute perpetrators and to protect and support those they would prey on.
“This case shows that joint approach in action and we welcome the fact that Hussain has been brought to justice."
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police, or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
Greater Manchester Victims' Services provide emotional and practical support to anyone affected by crime and are a confidential service. The service can be contacted by visiting the website on www.gmvictims.org.uk or calling 0161 200 1950.
-Greater Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential information, support and counselling service run by women for women over 18 who have been raped or sexually abused at any time in their lives. Call us on 0161 273 4500 or email us at [email protected]
-St Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them via Greater Manchester Police, or as a self-referral.
- Survivors Manchester provides specialist trauma informed support to boys and men in Greater Manchester who have experienced sexual abuse, rape or sexual exploitation. Call 0161 236 2182.