A ‘VILE AND WICKED’ Asian grooming gang which raped and sexually abused two girls as young as 13 has been jailed for a total of 55-and-a-half years.
The seven men sexually abused their victims – aged 13 and 14 at the time – after plying them with drink and drugs, the court was told.
The first victim was introduced to older men by a school friend and forced to have sex with her attackers as many as 300 times by the time she was 15.
The schoolgirls were “made to feel special” by the predators, the court heard.
Prosecutor Kate Batty told how the terrified teenagers were “systematically groomed and exploited” by the men in Huddersfield, West Yorks.
They were viewed as “objects to be used and abused at will”, she added.
‘OBJECTS TO BE ABUSED’
One of the girls was even targeted on her paper round.
Social services dismissed the allegations and told the girl’s desperate family: “She must love it if she keeps going back.”
The men were found guilty of a total of 12 child sex offences, including rape and indecent assault between 1995 and 2011.
It’s likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered
Judge Geoffrey Marson
Both girls now suffer with PTSD, while one of the victims has also had a lifelong struggle with depression and bulimia, Leeds Crown Court heard.
A jury had previously heard how the gang lured the young girls into a “dark and sinister world”.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said: “It’s likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered.
“It’s clear they both remain profoundly affected by the abuse.
“The way they were abused defies understanding, and was wild and wicked.”
Usman Ali, 34, of Huddersfield, West Yorks., was convicted of two of counts of rape against one victim and jailed for eight years.
DCI Richard McNamara of West Yorkshire Police said after the verdict: “The men involved in these vile offences have robbed their victims of their childhood and abused them in truly appalling ways.
“The sentences handed down to these men today reflect the depravity of their actions and I hope it will bring some comfort to their victims to see them jailed.”
Gul Riaz, 44, of Huddersfield, West Yorks., was convicted of one count of rape and two counts of indecent assault against one victim, and one count of rape against the other.
He was jailed for 15 years.
Banaras Hussain, of Shipley, West Yorks., was convicted of one count count of rape against one victim and jailed for nine and a half years.
Abdul Majid, 36, of Huddersfield, West Yorks., was sentenced to 11 years for rape.
A 36-year-old man, who cannot be named, of Huddersfield, West Yorks., was convicted of one count of rape against one victim and jailed for eight years
A 30-year-old man, who cannot be named, of Huddersfield, West Yorks., was convicted of one count of rape against one victim and caged for four years.
A 37-year-old man, who cannot be named, of Huddersfield, West Yorks., is due to be sentenced on Thursday.
Thirty-four men have already been convicted in relation to Operation Tendersea, and received jail sentences totalling 377 and a half years.
It is the single biggest group of convicted rapists in the same area.
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