A sex offender who controlled a network of schoolgirl prostitutes as young as 13 has been released from prison after serving only a third of his sentence.
Ahdel ‘Eddie’ Ali led a sick trafficking gang which also involved brother Mubarek and five other men, in Telford, Shropshire, over a three-year period, targeting 100 vulnerable teens.
Thirty-two-year-old Ahdel has now been released after just eight years, having been sentenced to 26, including eight on licence, in 2012.
The Ali brothers’ gang promised alcohol, food and money to their victims in return for them working as child prostitutes – referring to them as “s**ts” – between 2006 and 2009.
They were both convicted of multiple offences against four girls, aged between 13 and 17, including controlling child prostitution.
The siblings were both married at the time of the offences.
Two years ago, Ahdel was attacked by fellow prisoners armed with razor blades which left him badly cut and in need of 40 stitches.
The news of his release was confirmed by Telford MP Lucy Allan, who was previously critical of the decision to release Ali in 2017 only for him to breach the terms of his licence and be hauled back inside.
Telford has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the UK, just behind Blackpool and Rotherham, according to the Home Office.
For years, the town had become a hub of abuse with over 1,000 girls – some as young as 11 – falling victim to various gangs.
Conservative Ms Allan had called for an extensive enquiry, similar to that seen in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
That probe found the Yorkshire town saw local authorities fail to act on reports in relation to an extensive operation of child sexual abuse dating back to the late 1980s and up to the 2010s.
Ms Allan told the Shropshire Star of Ahdel’s release: “On this occasion the authorities handled the matter correctly, informing relevant parties, including victims, of the tagging and the exclusion from the local area.
“I am concerned that the law still allows for early release of serious sexual offenders, however, since the sentencing of Ahdel Ali and Mubarak Ali the law has changed to prevent this in future and I am proud to have played my part in this change in the law.”
The Ministry of Justice stated: “Serious sex offenders released on licence are closely monitored and can be returned to prison if they breach strict conditions such as curfews and exclusion zones.”
During the Ali brothers’ trial, Stafford Crown Court heard the pair groomed two girls, aged 15 and 16, for sex before persuading them to work as prostitutes in 2008.
They were eventually convicted of dozens of offences between them, while five other men jailed for between two-and-a-half and seven years.
West Mercia Police’s Operation Chalice – one of the largest in the constabulary’s history – saw up to 50 officers working to eventually bring the gang in.
In 2018, it emerged Telford and Wrekin Council acted on only half of the reports of abuse and trafficking they received.
The local authority was given 715 child sexual exploitation referrals in three years, but just 324 of the cases were referred.