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A 14-year-old was forced into prostitution and sexually abused by a series of men after being kidnapped from her home.

The girl described her experience as being used as a commodity for sexual activity with the men. Nine men were convicted in connection with the abuse, which took place in February and March 2008.

Police said the girl, who first went missing on 16 February 2008, had been abused by a number of different men as she was passed from one man to another.

Over the next 10 days she was forced to have sex with a number of men for money, before flagging down a couple in the street and begging them for help.

In a statement issued following the convictions, the girl said:

“These people exploit young girls, introduce them to prostitution, feed them drugs and alcohol and tell them they love them. Changed my life, I know this because it has happened to me and it has changed my life enormously.”

All nine men have been charged but most are receiving only 2 years in jail.