A group of 20 gang members are finally behind bars, with a total combined jail time of more than 220 years, for their despicable acts toward young girls. The men were targeting girls as young as eleven and grooming them for sex acts. During the trial, the court heard evidence from 15 victims, and their statements of abuse were so jaw-dropping, the judge remarked that he didn’t think any of them would recover from the abuse.
The gang were found to have plied their victims with drugs or alcohol before committing sex attacks. The statements from the victims described the girls being bullied at school and coming into contact with the abusers. One victim called the relationship “one of those things that you couldn’t get out of.”
The court heard the horrific details of the sex abuse in the UK town of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, which took place “in cars, car parks, houses, a snooker centre, a takeaway, a park and other places.”
Prosecutor Richard Wright QC told the jury that at least one of the victims attempted suicide and another victim had an abortion after she became pregnant.
Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, received a life sentence, with the judge telling him, “Your treatment of these girls was inhuman.” Dhaliwal, who is married with children, often took video footage of the sexual abuse and distributed it to other men.
The court was told that the victims were “vulnerable because of family and other circumstances.”
Prosecutor Wright explained how the men targeted the girls, noting: “The way children like this were groomed by men like the defendants is very simple. They identify a vulnerable child who is socially isolated and not well supported by friends and family.”
He continued: “Then they befriend that child and make them feel special — whether that be by simply appearing as someone who wants to spend time with them, or by flattery, or by plying them with drink and drugs.”
These victims “regularly went missing from home, causing great distress to their families” and “became secretive and aggressive” when they returned home under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC remarked: “These were planned offences by a large group of Asian men. Having been plied with alcohol and drugs, girls were raped, they were trafficked to isolated areas or to houses for the purpose of sexual abuse by those who took them or by others.”
He continued: “When taken to isolated places such as the moors or a reservoir, if they didn’t comply they were, on occasions, beaten; they were told they would be left to make their own way back, children on their own, children late at night in isolated areas.”
The judge further noted the horrific abuse these girls endured, explaining: “They were taken to so-called parties at houses where there would be older Asian men. Again, they were plied with alcohol and drugs, on occasion drinks were spiked and many times these girls were rendered senseless. They would then be taken to a room where, one by one, men would go and abuse these girls sexually.”
He added: “Sometimes no contraception was used, sometimes plastic bags were used as condoms; it was disgusting and degrading. It is likely that many, if not all, of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered.”
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