Six men have been jailed for a total of 101 years for sexually abusing five teenage girls in Rotherham.
The victims were given drink and drugs and then gang raped by the men. One of the victims said that she had been sexually abused by at least 100 men by the time she was 16 years old. The men abused the victims, who were aged between 13 and 16, over seven years between 1998 and 2005. The victims were taken to different locations across Rotherham and assaulted and abused there.
One of the victims told the court how she was given cannabis at the age of 14 and driven to Sherwood Forest by three men. They took it in turn to rape her and told her that if she did not do as they said they would abandon her there.
Another victim told the court how she was threatened that she would be abandoned in remote locations if she did not have sex with the abuser and his friends. She would be taken to meet older taxi drivers, who would then also abuse her. The victim was left by the side of a motorway on one occasion.
Sentencing them, Judge Sarah Wright told the men:
“Each in your own way perpetrated, facilitated or encouraged the sexual abuse of these young girls. Each of the complainants in this case was groomed, coerced and intimidated. Each of them was groomed. Each of you, groomed. You can have been in no doubt that the complainants were vulnerable in the extreme.”
“You were clearly not immature evidenced by the fact you all indulged in cynical manipulation and exploitation of your victims, which showed a maturity well beyond your chronological age. They continue to suffer considerable trauma and will continue to suffer throughout their lives as a result of your actions.”
Paul Williamson, from the National Crime Agency, said: “The men who have been sentenced today preyed on vulnerable young girls for their own satisfaction. They used violence and intimidation and believed they were untouchable by law enforcement.”
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