Daniel Pusey, 21, and Diane Chilcott, 40, were convicted of several counts of facilitating travel to exploit in relation to a north Surrey sex trafficking ring
A man and a woman were convicted on Tuesday (November 21) for their part in the exploitation of teenage girls in Surrey.
A jury at Guildford Crown Court found Daniel Pusey, 21, of Money Lane, West Drayton, and Diane Chilcott, 40, of Rutherwyk Road, Chertsey, guilty of multiple exploitation offences that took place in January and February 2016.
According to a Surrey Police statement, the pair worked together to lure and then sexually exploit girls in hotels across north Surrey and west London.
Pusey was convicted of four counts of facilitating travel to exploit, and Chilcott was convicted of three counts of the same offence.
According to the police, the victims, aged between 13 and 15 at the time, “were plied with alcohol and cigarettes at Chilcott’s house and then driven by her and Pusey to hotels in Staines, Twickenham, Tolworth and Heathrow”.
The statement went on: “There they would continue to be given alcohol and cigarettes and some would then be subjected to sexual abuse by Pusey.”
In a trial in April 2017, Pusey was found guilty of seven counts of sexual activity with a female under 16 and found not guilty of one count of the same offence and one count of arranging travel of another with a view to exploitation.
However, this could not be reported at the time for legal reasons.
Detective Inspector Richard Haycock, from Surrey Police’s complex abuse unit, said: “This was calculated exploitation of young teenage girls by individuals who clearly knew what they were doing.
“They supplied the victims with alcohol to make them even more vulnerable to sexual abuse.
‘Long and difficult journey’
“The offenders knew how old the girls were but continued to exploit them on a number of occasions and I commend the victims for their bravery in speaking to authorities and seeing the legal process through to the end, this has been a long and difficult journey for them.
“If anyone is, or has been, in a similar situation, or has concerns about any child – I urge you to please come forward and tell someone who can help you.”
DI Haycock said anyone working in a hotel who comes across a situation involving a child that looks or feels suspicious, they should talk to their supervisor and call the police on 101 quoting Operation Makeshift.