Man sentenced following human trafficking and sexual exploitation investigation
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Following a Warwickshire Police investigation, a 23-year-old man has been sentenced to prison for human trafficking - an offence under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
Kieran Rifat, formerly of St. Georges Avenue, London, appeared at Warwick Crown Court last week (Friday 16 July) where he was sentenced to eight years’ imprisonment.
In January 2018, Rifat moved from London to South Warwickshire. During this time, he groomed and exploited a vulnerable male teenager.
The investigation found that between 19 and 21 February 2018, the teenager was taken to London by Rifat. The teenager was told he was going to London to do construction work, but evidence found Rifat had accepted a £400 payment to traffic the man to London for the purpose of being sexually assaulted.
Rifat was arrested on 2 March 2018 and later pleaded guilty to arranging/facilitating the travel of another person with a view to exploit on 19 April 2021.
Following the outcome, investigating officer Det Con Sarah Williams of Warwickshire Police said: “This was a case where a vulnerable adult was exploited, after Rifat deceived him, by taking him to London on the belief of carrying out construction work.
“The victim in this case has shown extreme courage in reporting this to police, and has been supported by specialist officers throughout the investigation.
“I hope this case shows how committed we are to ensuring those who exploit vulnerable people are brought to justice.”