Eight men jailed for sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Rotherham

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Eight men have been given jail sentences of up to 19 years for sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham.

A month-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard how the men “sexualised” their victims and, in some instances, subjected them to acts of a “degrading and violent nature”.

One girl and her family told police and their MP and then home secretary David Blunkett about the abuse and eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men.

The court heard that this victim had gone to the police in 2003, saying she had been repeatedly raped by Sageer Hussain when she was 13.

Judge Sarah Wright, who jailed Hussain for 19 years, said he had conducted a “campaign of violent rape” against the vulnerable 13-year-old.

Hussain’s brothers, Arshid, Basharat and Bannaras, were jailed in April following the first successful prosecution of a grooming gang in Rotherham since the child sexual exploitation scandal engulfed the South Yorkshire town two years ago.