UK: 20 Muslims in grooming gang jailed for rape and sex abuse of teenagers

A gang of Muslim men who embarked on a “campaign of rape and other sexual abuse” against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences.

Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who said: “Your treatment of these girls was inhuman.”

Dhaliwal is one of 20 Muslims, mostly of Pakistani origin, who has been found guilty of scores of offenses in a series of trials at Leeds Crown Court.

“The extent and gravity of your offending far exceeds anything which I have previously encountered.

Fifteen women told juries what happened to them between 2004 and 2011 when they were aged between 11 and 17.

Those already sentenced have received prison terms totaling 221 years.

The series of three trials have been subject to a blanket reporting ban which was partially lifted on Friday.

It was towards the end of the second of these trials, in May, that English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson was arrested as he reported about the case live on Facebook from outside the court.

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Throughout the three trials, jurors were told how the Muslim men – who used nicknames including Beastie, Dracula and Nurse – had plied their victims with drink and drugs before sexually abusing them.

The girls, who were all considered vulnerable, described how they initially thought they were being shown genuine affection before the abuse began.

 

In at least one case the victim later attempted suicide, another had an abortion and two of the victims had learning disabilities.

The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.