'Vile & Wicked' UK Grooming Gang Jailed for Raping Children
Asian men forced British teen to be raped by 300 pedophiles by age 15
Six members of an Asian grooming gang have been jailed for child rape by a UK court after the men repeatedly raped two British children and forced one teen to have sex with 300 pedophiles by the time she was just 15-years-old.
So far, six of the gang members have been convicted of raping two vulnerable schoolgirls and were sentenced to a combined 55 and a half years in prison.
On Wednesday, Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz, and two other defendants were sentenced after a four-week trial at Leeds Crown Court, with a seventh man due to be sentenced Thursday.
The years of vile abuse took place between 1995 and 2011 in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with the girls aged just 13 and 14 when they fell victim to the sickening gang.
The young schoolgirls were "made to feel special" by the "vile and wicked" child predators before they were treated as "objects to be used and abused at will," the court heard.
The first victim had been raped by 300 men by the time she was 15 years old.
Leeds Crown Court heard how both girls now suffer from PTSD, while one of the victims has been left with a lifelong struggle with depression and bulimia.
The seven men sexually abused their victims 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.
Prosecutor Kate Batty told how the terrified teenagers were "systematically groomed and exploited" by the men in Huddersfield, West Yorks.
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 offenses, including rape and indecent assault between 1995 and 2011.
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 vile and wicked."
Usman Ali, 34, of Huddersfield, was convicted of two 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 offenses 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, 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 of rape against one victim and jailed for nine and a half years.
Abdul Majid, 36, of Huddersfield, was sentenced to 11 years for rape.
A 36-year-old man, who cannot be named, of Huddersfield, 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, 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, is due to be sentenced on Thursday.
Thirty-four men have already been convicted in relation to Operation Tendersea and received jail sentences totaling 377 and a half years.
It is the single biggest group of convicted rapists in the same area.