Members of a “vile and wicked” grooming gang in Huddersfield have been jailed after raping and sexually abusing two girls – with one of their victims aged just 13.
Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz and three other defendants were found guilty of a total of 10 counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault.
The offences relate to two teenagers in the Huddersfield area between 1995 and 2007.
One of the girls estimated she had sex with up to 300 men by the time she was 15 years old.
One of the victims was targeted on her paper round, Leeds Crown Court heard.
DCI Richard McNamara of Kirklees District, West Yorkshire Police said: “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.
“Their actions in targeting and sexually abusing these very young and vulnerable girls were utterly despicable and I am very pleased the courts have recognised this and put them behind bars for a number of years.
“Operation Tendersea should send a very clear message that the Police and our Partners at Kirklees will not hesitate to pursue those who sexually abuse children and we will do all we can to seek justice for the victims, no matter when, or how long ago the abuse took place.
“I would urge anyone who may have been the victim of child sexual abuse in Kirklees or elsewhere who has not contacted us to come forwards.”
Usman Ali, 34, of Park Drive, Huddersfield, was sentenced to eight years in custody after being found guilty of two offences of rape against one victim
Gul Riaz, 43, of Balmoral Avenue, Huddersfield, was sentenced to 15 years after being found guilty of an offence of rape and two indecent assaults against one victim and a rape offence against the other.
Banaras Hussain, 39, of Scarborough Road, Shipley, was sentenced to nine and a half years after being found guilty of an offence of rape against one victim.
Abdul Majid. 36, of Lightcliffe Road, Huddersfield was sentenced to 11 years after being found guilty of two offences of rape against one victim.
A 36-year-old Huddersfield man was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of an offence of rape against one victim.
Another 30-year-old Huddersfield man was sentenced to four years after being found guilty of an offence of rape against one victim.
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