A 14-year-old girl was lured into drug trafficking 100 miles away from home and treated ‘like a modern slave’.

Zakaria Mohammed groomed the girl and two 15-year-old boys before making them sell crack cocaine and heroin from squalid flats in Lincoln.

The three teenagers were found by police surrounded by used syringes along with two addicts in a filthy one-bed flat.

Zakaria Mohammed under surveillance. The mum of a schoolgirl trafficked 100 miles from her home in Birmingham to deal drugs has spoken of her daughter?s ordeal and urged parents to look out for signs that could indicate their children are being exploited. See SWNS story SWMDtraffick. Francesca (not her real name) has told how her 14-year-old child was lured away by Zakaria Mohammed to sell crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Lincoln. Mohammed was jailed for 14 years earlier this month after a West Midlands Police investigation exposed how he?d groomed teenagers and holed them up in a squalid flat to deal drugs on his behalf. It was the first time in UK legal history that a police force had secured trafficking convictions under the Modern Slavery Act for a County Lines drug dealer - the term coined to describe offenders who export drugs from big cities into rural areas. Now Francesca has agreed to speak out - anonymously to protect her daughter?s identity - in a bid to raise awareness among other parents, guardians and teachers and encourage them to report any concerns over their children?s behaviour.
Zakaria Mohammed was caught buying train tickets to Lincoln by CCTV cameras (Picture: SWNS)

Speaking out about their living conditions, the girl’s mother said: ‘My daughter is from a good, caring home but she was lured away to deal drugs in squalid conditions.

‘They were sleeping rough in a filthy flat and only allowed to leave when they were fulfilling a drug order. My daughter was used as a modern slave.

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‘The children were too scared to buy food for themselves because they were instructed not to get any food.

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‘From what I understand, it was the best part of living like a slave, really.

‘They were sleeping rough and instructed to do what he (Mohammed) said otherwise they might get in the neck from him.’

The mum of a schoolgirl trafficked 100 miles from her home in Birmingham to deal drugs has spoken of her daughter?s ordeal and urged parents to look out for signs that could indicate their children are being exploited. See SWNS story SWMDtraffick. Francesca (not her real name) has told how her 14-year-old child was lured away by Zakaria Mohammed to sell crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Lincoln. Mohammed was jailed for 14 years earlier this month after a West Midlands Police investigation exposed how he?d groomed teenagers and holed them up in a squalid flat to deal drugs on his behalf. It was the first time in UK legal history that a police force had secured trafficking convictions under the Modern Slavery Act for a County Lines drug dealer - the term coined to describe offenders who export drugs from big cities into rural areas. Now Francesca has agreed to speak out - anonymously to protect her daughter?s identity - in a bid to raise awareness among other parents, guardians and teachers and encourage them to report any concerns over their children?s behaviour.
Cash and drugs were found at the squalid home where the youths were kept (Picture: SWNS)
Zakaria Mohammed being arrested. The mum of a schoolgirl trafficked 100 miles from her home in Birmingham to deal drugs has spoken of her daughter?s ordeal and urged parents to look out for signs that could indicate their children are being exploited. See SWNS story SWMDtraffick. Francesca (not her real name) has told how her 14-year-old child was lured away by Zakaria Mohammed to sell crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Lincoln. Mohammed was jailed for 14 years earlier this month after a West Midlands Police investigation exposed how he?d groomed teenagers and holed them up in a squalid flat to deal drugs on his behalf. It was the first time in UK legal history that a police force had secured trafficking convictions under the Modern Slavery Act for a County Lines drug dealer - the term coined to describe offenders who export drugs from big cities into rural areas. Now Francesca has agreed to speak out - anonymously to protect her daughter?s identity - in a bid to raise awareness among other parents, guardians and teachers and encourage them to report any concerns over their children?s behaviour.
The moment Zakaria Mohammed was arrested in relation to the drugs ring (Picture: SWNS)

Mohammed, 21, has now been jailed for 14 years in a case that made legal history.

His trafficking conviction was the first under the Modern Slavery Act for a ‘County Lines’ drug dealer – meaning he exported drugs from big cities into rural areas.

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The girl was reported missing from her home in Birmingham by her mum on March 28, and was found in the drug den by West Midlands Police officers on April 6.

Her mother urged other parents to monitor changes in their child’s behaviour – adding that being secretive, missing school or becoming aggressive could be signs they are being exploited by gangs.

She said: ‘What I would say to all parents is don’t be afraid to tell the police or seek help from a charity or support group.

Zakaria Mohammed. The mum of a schoolgirl trafficked 100 miles from her home in Birmingham to deal drugs has spoken of her daughter?s ordeal and urged parents to look out for signs that could indicate their children are being exploited. See SWNS story SWMDtraffick. Francesca (not her real name) has told how her 14-year-old child was lured away by Zakaria Mohammed to sell crack cocaine and heroin on the streets of Lincoln. Mohammed was jailed for 14 years earlier this month after a West Midlands Police investigation exposed how he?d groomed teenagers and holed them up in a squalid flat to deal drugs on his behalf. It was the first time in UK legal history that a police force had secured trafficking convictions under the Modern Slavery Act for a County Lines drug dealer - the term coined to describe offenders who export drugs from big cities into rural areas. Now Francesca has agreed to speak out - anonymously to protect her daughter?s identity - in a bid to raise awareness among other parents, guardians and teachers and encourage them to report any concerns over their children?s behaviour.
Mohammed has been jailed for 14 years (Picture: SWNS)

‘We need to stand up for our children to keep them out of the hands of cruel people who want to exploit them for their financial gain.’

Detective Superintendent Rich Agar, West Midlands Police’s lead for County Lines, described the scene that greeted officers at the flat in Lincoln.

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He said: ‘It was unclear the last time any of the kids had actually eaten something themselves. They were dishevelled, they were disorientated.

‘They were sitting there with known drug users, it was a horrible environment.’

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