Rotherham child sex ring jailed for 96 years
Eight men who sexually abused three teenage girls in Rotherham have been jailed for a total of 96 years.
The attackers, who were all aged between 17 and 26 at the time, were found guilty of 19 offences last month, following a four-week trial.
Most of the charges relate to offences committed against a girl who was 13 when the abuse began in 2003.
Two relate to offences against two other girls, who were 14 and 15.
Sageer Hussain, aged 31, of Clough Road, Rotherham, was jailed for 19 years for four counts of rape and one indecent assault.
Sentencing him, Judge Sarah Wright said he had conducted a 'campaign of violent rape' against the vulnerable 13-year-old.
His brother Basharat Hussain, 40, already serving time behind bars for child sex offences, received an extra seven years to run concurrent to his current sentence, after being found guilty of indecent assault.
Their cousins, Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Kimberworth, was jailed for five years for aiding and abetting rape and Asif Ali, 31, of Clough Road, was jailed for 12 years for rape.
Khaliq, 33, of Carlisle Street, Rotherham, jailed for 17 years for rape and three counts of indecent assault.
Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, jailed for 13 years for rape and indecent assault.
Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, jailed for 15 years for rape, false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit indecent assault.
Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Clarendon Road, Eastwood, jailed for eight years for conspiracy to commit indecent assault and false imprisonment.
Judge Wright 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.
"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."
Speaking afterwards, Rotherham MP Sarah Champion MP said: "I welcome the news that these eight men have been jailed for a total of 96 years for their utterly despicable crimes. This sends the strongest signal that we will not stand for the abuse of children.
"I hope today's sentences brings some closure to the survivors and that they feel justice has been done.
"By coming forward, these brave women have been forced to relive the most horrific experiences and their courage has not only secured eight convictions but will hopefully
encourage other survivors to speak out.
"But let me be clear: the fight isn’t over. We will not rest until every victim of child sexual exploitation has justice, and until these vile practices have been stamped out – both in
Rotherham and across the UK. We have to focus on prevention as well as prosecutions."
An independent report found that 1,400 children were sexually abused in Rotherham by men of predominantly Pakistani heritage between 1997 and 2013 while those in authority turned a blind eye.