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377 years in prison for Huddersfield’s wicked child groomers

Locked up: Usman Ali, 34, was sentenced to eight years in jail PICTURES: PA

A GANG of six ‘vile and wicked’ Asian men who raped and sexually abused two young girls have been jailed for more than 55 years.

Their crimes were uncovered during West Yorkshire Police’s Operation Tendersea investigation into grooming in Huddersfield.

It means a total of 34 men have now been convicted of child exploitation in the town — with prison sentences totalling 377 years.

Jailed: Banaras Hussain got nine-and-a-half years

A jury at Leeds crown court heard how the gang lured the girls into their ‘dark and sinister world’ in 1995 — when they were just 13 and 14. The abuse carried on for a further 16 years.

The girls were plied with alcohol and drugs and ‘systematically groomed and exploited’ by the men, who viewed their victims as ‘objects to be used and abused at will’, prosecutor Kate Batty told the court.

By the time one victim was 15, she’d had sex with up to 300 men.

Social services eventually told the girl’s family that ‘she must love it if she keeps going back’, Ms Batty said.

Yesterday, Usman Ali, 34, was convicted of rape and jailed for eight years. Gul Riaz, 43, was found guilty of rape and indecent assault and sentenced to 15 years. Abdul Majid, 36, was convicted of rape and got 11 years. All three are from Huddersfield.

Banaras Hussain, of Shipley, was convicted of rape and jailed for nine-and-a-half years.

Two other men, aged 36 and 30, from Huddersfield, were convicted of rape and jailed for a total of 12 years. Neither can be named.

A seventh member of the gang, aged 37 and from Huddersfield, who also cannot be named, is due to be sentenced today.

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said, while the defendants had shown no remorse, the victims had displayed ‘great courage’.

He said: ‘They were young and targeted due to their extreme vulnerability… by a large group of Asian men. It’s likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered. It’s clear they both remain profoundly affected.’

The NSPCC said: ‘These men groomed and preyed on vulnerable teenagers and caused untold damage to their lives.’

The NSPCC’s free confidential helpline is on 0808 800 5000 or visit nspcc.org.uk.