The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a man accused of child sex abuse offences whose trial collapsed is unfit to stand trial again.
Noshad Hussain, 23, was cleared of trafficking a girl, 14, at a trial last year, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on four charges of engaging in sexual activity with her.
The court ruling marks the end of an investigation into a child prostitution ring in Telford.
Seven men were jailed last year.
The court rejected an appeal by the Crown Prosecution Service against the judge’s ruling that Mr Hussain should not face a retrial.
Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson described many of the girls as “particularly vulnerable”. He said they were groomed, receiving presents such as mobile phones to build up a sense of trust.
“What they would do is drive them around, they would ply them with alcohol, drugs, buy them things, and it would almost be a boyfriend-girlfriend scenario initially.
“It then spiralled into them being shared with other men.
Brothers Ahdel Ali, 25, and Mubarek Ali, 29, who had denied a string of child sex offences, were handed the longest sentences, of 18 years and 14 years respectively.
The trial at Worcester Crown Court heard the brothers, of Regent Street, Wellington, sexually abused, trafficked, prostituted or tried to prostitute four Telford teenagers, as young as 13.
In sentencing the pair, Judge Patrick Thomas QC said: “You have not shown at any remorse or regret for what you did. Instead you have twisted and turned to avoid justice.”
Ahdel Ali was found guilty of one charge of rape, 11 charges of sexual activity with a child, three charges of controlling child prostitution, one of inciting child prostitution, a charge of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and meeting a child after grooming.
His brother was convicted of four charges of controlling child prostitution, two of trafficking in the UK for sexual exploitation and a charge of causing child prostitution.
The judge said the elder brother had repeatedly sold one girl “for relatively trivial sums”
He said Mubarek’s motivations went beyond profit and “involved sheer gratuitous pleasure in the power you exercised over these unhappy girls”.
Former taxi driver Mohammed Islam Choudhrey, 54, of Solway Drive, Sutton Hill, pleaded guilty to paying for sex with a Telford schoolgirl and was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Wolverhampton Crown Court in November.
Mohammed Ali Sultan, 26, from Victoria Avenue, Wellington, was jailed for seven years after admitting having sex with two teenage girls, one of whom was 13 years old.
Mohammed Younis, 61, of Kingsland, Arleston, was jailed for two-and-a-half years for allowing his flat to be used as a brothel by allowing a man to have sex with a girl who was being controlled as a prostitute.
Mahroof Khan, 35, from Caradoc Flats, Wellington, was given a 30-month sentence after admitting having sex with a 15-year-old girl at his home, but walked free from court due to time spent on remand.
Tanveer Ahmed, 40, of Urban Gardens in Wellington, was jailed for two-and-a-half years after admitting a charge of controlling a child prostitute.
Abdul Rouf, 36, of Kingsland, Arleston, walked free from court after no evidence was offered against him, although the judge ordered that a charge of facilitating child prostitution should lie on file.