Eight jailed for sexually exploiting teen girls
Eight men have been given jail sentences of up to 19 years for sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham, UK.
A month-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard how the men "sexualised" their victims and, in some instances, subjected them to acts of a "degrading and violent nature".
One girl and her family told police and their MP and then home secretary David Blunkett about the abuse and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men.
The court heard that this victim had gone to the police in 2003, saying she had been repeatedly raped by Sageer Hussain when she was 13.
Judge Sarah Wright, who jailed Hussain for 19 years, said he had conducted a "campaign of violent rape" against the vulnerable 13-year-old.
Mohammed Whied, Waleed Ali, Asif Ali, (middle row left to right) Sageer Hussain, Ishtiaq Khaliq, (bottom row left to right) Basharat Hussain, Masoued Malik and Naeem Rafiq
Hussain's brothers, Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras, were jailed in April following the first successful prosecution of a grooming gang in Rotherham since the child sexual exploitation scandal engulfed the South Yorkshire town two years ago.
Judge Wright told the eight men: "The victim of all eight of you was vulnerable. She was just 13 to 14 years old.
"Although she had a loving and supportive family, and was doing well at school as she was reaching adolescence, she was susceptible to the attention that you and others gave her.
"She was targeted, sexualised and subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature."
She said: "The childhood and adolescence of each of the victims can never be reclaimed.
"Each has suffered severe psychological harm. They continue, and will continue to suffer, considerable trauma throughout their lives as a result of your actions."
The judge added: "I would like to take this opportunity to commend wholeheartedly the remarkable courage of all of the victims in this case.
"All three have shown immeasurable bravery in coming forward to give their accounts."