A RESTAURANT boss who raped a 14-year-old and trafficked other young girls for sex has been jailed.
Predatory paedophile Mohammed Khubaib continues to deny he plied vulnerable youngsters as young as 12 with booze and offered them lifts and fast food to win them over.
The businessman and father-of-five, who also ran a lettings agency, pretended to be their “friend and helper”.
He was locked up for 13 years today – the 10th man to be convicted as part of crackdown on the sexual exploitation of young girls in Peterborough, Cambs, in the wake of the Rotherham and Rochdale child abuse scandal.
Judge Peter Rook, at the Old Bailey, told him: “Your actions have had a profound effect on these young girls.
“Some have lost trust in people and ended self-confidence and self-esteem as a result of your conduct.
“You targeted these young girls because they were vulnerable and you were seeking opportunities for your own sexual gratification.
“You knew these girls wanted alcohol and transport. You knew they were young and immature and at their age they didn’t know any better.
“No doubt you felt you were untouchable as you took the view there was no risk these girls would ever give evidence about these activities.
“You showed no remorse, no acknowledgement whatsoever as to the effect of your predatory conduct.”
“You targeted these young girls because they were vulnerable and you were seeking opportunities for your own sexual gratification”
Judge Peter Rook
The court previously heard Khubaib befriending girls and getting them “hooked” on alcohol – normally vodka – in an attempt to make them “compliant” to sexual advances.
Khubaib, who lived in Peteborough with his wife and children, would pursue his interest “away from his home and family” and used his restaurant as a “focal point”.
Mark Dennis, prosecuting, said the defendant would drive girls to flats in his 4×4 and, once there, would groom them for sex by being “plied with alcohol and entertained by himself and his friends”.
He raped a 14-year-old girl in August 2007 by forcing her to perform oral sex on him after she was given alcohol and then “rewarded” with £5, the court heard.
The defendant would buy one girl and her friends McDonald’s meals and tobacc, as well as giving her small sums of money and a £40 bunch of flowers for her 15th birthday.
He told the girl he wanted her to be his wife, saying that he would “choose her over everyone else”, while he told another 15-year-old she had beautiful eyes, the jury was told.
When she rebuffed him, saying he was too old for her, he was said to have replied: “Age doesn’t matter.”
Khubaib offered another girl £60, telling her: “You make me happy, I’ll give you money.”
Two weeks later he increased the offer to £90.
Khubaib was convicted of rape and trafficking offences after trial.
Four previous cases led to nine male defendants being jailed for 59 offences against 15 girls, who were mostly from Peterborough and the rest from neighbouring Lincolnshire and Rutland.