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Child sex grooming gang jailed for a total of 37 years

The judge branded as "dangerous" the three members of a child- sex grooming ring who had exploited two vulnerable teenage girls before jailing them for a total of 37 years. Brothers Shamin and Giash Uddin and their friend Robert Jackson abused their underage victims at houses and hotels across Manchester between 2009-2011. Both girls ,from Stockport, were aged between 14 and 16 at the time of the abuse were taken to parties where they were raped and encouraged to have sex with groups of men who groomed them with gifts of designer handbags, drink and drugs. The cases came to court after social workers raised the alarm in March 2011 about the safety of girls who kept going missing from home. It led to a painstaking police operation in which 40 girls were interviewed. Both girls gave evidence during the trial and the court heard how both ‘lost a part of their childhood’ because of the abuse and now suffered from panic attacks, depression and self-harming. A review has been launched into whether police and social workers missed opportunities to prevent the abuse earlier. Det Chief Insp Pete Marsh, who led the investigation, commented after the trial: “This has been a long-running, difficult and complex enquiry, through which we have established these two young girls have been emotionally manipulated by a group of older men into believing the sexual abuse they were subjected to was ‘normal’ and acceptable behaviour. Tuesday 29th October 2013 http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/ for more information