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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 August 2006, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Hunt for 'vicious' sex offender
Farhan Musleh
Farhan Musleh has not been seen since Monday
Police are still hunting a dangerous sex offender believed to be at large in Cardiff.

Farhan Musleh, 43, was jailed in 1998 for drugging three teenage girls and forcing them into prostitution.

He was released early from his 12-year sentence a month ago, but disappeared six days ago from the address where he was required to live.

South Wales Police say Musleh as "dangerous" and are warning the public he should not be approached.

Anyone who spots Musleh is asked to contact police immediately.

Insp Chris Mullane, the man heading the investigation for South Wales Police, said Musleh's offences had been "vicious".

Receding hair

"He is a dangerous absconded sex offender. If anyone sees him they should call 999.'

Musleh had served his sentence at several prisons across the UK, but most recently at HMP Blunderstone in Suffolk.

Musleh is described as of dark European origin, 5ft 9in (1.7m) tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and black receding hair. He has several gold crowns on his teeth.

The sex offender is originally from the Gabalfa area of Cardiff.

He was jailed on November 27, 1998, for locking up three girls aged 15 and 16 in his tower block flat and taking the drugged girls to work in a massage parlour which doubled as a brothel, the jury heard during a trial.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Musleh was involved with a series of young females, supplying drugs and organised prostitution in 1997.

He was convicted on 15 charges including indecent assault, abduction, false imprisonment, supplying drugs and procuring.

He was jailed for 15 years but the sentence was reduced to 12 years on appeal.


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