Horrific Human Trafficking Criminal Exposed in Birmingham, UK
He was name as Zakaria Saqib Mahmood by the Police
Zakaria Saqib Mahmood, Pakistani origin 40 years old living in 70 Eversleigh Road, Westham, E6 1HQ, accused of luring teen girls to West Midlands where he exploited them in a rented house in Birmingham, on Monday pleaded guilty to three felony counts of human trafficking of a minor for sexual servitude.
As part of his plea, the 40-year-old East London sex offender, agreed to a 5-year prison sentence. He also was ordered to donate a significant sum to organizations that aid homeless youth in Newham and will serve five years of parole upon his release. He will be held without bail until his formal sentencing in February.
Zak had been accused of 18 other counts in the case, including a pattern of sexual assault on a child by someone in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He also was charged knowingly exposing a victim to HIV.
He had been set to face trial in April.
Shackled and handcuffed in jail dress, Zakaria acknowledged Birmingham County Court Judge F. Stephen Collins that he had victimised four girls between April and August of 2013 in the West Midlands.
“Yes, your honour,” he said again and again.
Zakaria was charged after authorities say they discovered a dozen of mostly white and Eastern European girls and women between the ages of 16 and 21 living with him in Birmingham. He allegedly housed, fed and provided them with drugs, alcohol, iPhones and other items in exchange for sex with him and others.
The Police called the case “extremely unusual” because of the number of victims involved.
A 21-year-old Romanian woman who lived at the home told investigators that Zakaria Saqib Mahmood “likes little girls.” The woman also said Zak was HIV-positive and had unprotected sex with those living in the house, officials say.
According to court testimony, Mr Mahmood would use women he had victimized as girls to recruit new teen victims. Zakria used Tinder, a GPS based social network and dating website, to identify his victims.
“It was understood that if you were going to live there, you were going to have sex with Mr. Mahmood,” testified Detective Chris Fanning, a member of the police, which investigates human trafficking in the UK.
Zakaria, called by his Tinder screen name “Daddy” by many of the people who lived at the house, seemed to prey on vulnerable young women, such as runaways and immigrants investigators said. During a search of the house authorities said they found sex toys and a variety of documents, including National Insurance cards and a high school identification card.
Zakaria’s bail in the human trafficking case was revoked in January after authorities say he violated the terms of his release by hanging out with juveniles and paying to keep two 17-year-olds and a pair of girls at a Travelodge hotel in Walthamstow, London. He had been free on a £100,000 bail under conditions that included a requirement that he have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
The home where accused child sex trafficker Zakaria Saqib Mahmood lived and housed the victims in the case Sept. 22, 2013 in the suburb area of Birmingham. Zakaria is accused of 12 counts related to child sex trafficking that includes two 16-year-old females who were living in the house with him.
On 5th of January members of the Police went to the Cottonwood Suites in Westminster to arrest Azeem Ridwan, 21, and Waqas Ahmed, 20, both from Tower Hamlet on human trafficking charges.
When officers entered room 223, they found Zakaria, with both men and three underage girls, all of whom were naked.
“There were several items of clothing, uneaten food, trash, unopened condoms, female wigs and makeup all over the room,” according to a court document.
According to a police report, Zakaria had rented the room for all of the males in the room.
Before Zakaria Saqib Mahmood entered his plea on Monday, Azeem and Waqas each pleaded guilty to one Class 4 felony count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Prosecutors say the pair were victimised by Zakaria as young teenagers and then went on to help him recruit his later victims.
They were sentenced to six years of probation in a penalty Judge Collins said was “very lenient” but which accounted for their hardships.
“It does acknowledge their own victimisation by Mr. Zakaria Mahmood,” Collins said.
Waqas said he was 16 years old and facing homelessness when he was recruited by Zakaria and flown to Birmingham.
“I know what I’ve done,” Waqas said. “I can’t do anything to fix it.”