Nine men convicted of raping and sexually assaulting girls in a child sex ring in Rochdale and Oldham were sentenced to a total of 77 years in jail today.
The men, from Pakistan and Afghanistan, were found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on Tuesday, May 8 but were sentenced today in a case which has shocked the nation and raised questions about child safety.
They were convicted after five white girls gave evidence, telling how the men, who were taxi drivers and takeaway workers, plied with them with free food, alcohol and drugs in return for sexual favours.
However, the men used violence against them if they refused to have sex with them and up to 20 others per night as the girls were passed around the group.
The following sentences were handed out by Judge Clifton, who praised the jury in returning guilty verdicts:
A 59-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for 19 years for two counts of rape, one count of sexual assault and one count of trafficking and conspiracy. He also remained in the cells during sentencing after refusing to be brought into court.
Kabeer Hassan, 25, of Lacrosse Avenue, Oldham, was jailed for nine years on one count of rape and one count of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Abdul Aziz, 41, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale, was jailed for nine years on one count of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child., but was cleared of two counts of rape.
Abdul Rauf, 43, of Darley Road, Rochdale, was jailed for six years on one count trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Mohammed Sajid, 35, of Jepheys Street, Rochdale, received 12 years for conspiracy, sexual activity with a child, rape and trafficking. However, the jury was ordered to find him not guilty of one rape charge.
Adil Khan, 42, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, was jailed for eight years on counts of conspiracy and trafficking.
Abdul Qayyum, 43, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, was jailed for five years after being convicted of conspiracy.
Mohammed Amin, 44, of Falinge Road, Rochdale, was jailed for five years on counts of sexual assaults and conspiracy.
Qamar Shahzad, 29, of Kensington Street, Rochdale, was jailed for four years on counts of trafficking and conspiracy, but was also found not guilty of two counts of rape.
All of the men were placed on the Sex Offender's Register for life.
Liaquat Shah, 41 and Hamid Safi, 22, were both found not guilty and acquitted of all charges.