A gang which groomed girls as young as 13 for sex has been jailed for a combined total of 77 years.
Nine men were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court after being convicted on Tuesday of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16 and other offences.
One of the 13-year-old victims became pregnant and had an abortion.
In sentencing, Judge Gerald Clifton told the men: “All of you treated the victims as though they were worthless and beyond respect”.
“One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion”.
“Some of you, when arrested, said it was triggered by race”.
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The man seen as the ringleader, a 59-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a total of 19 years for convictions including conspiracy, two counts of rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation.
Kabeer Hassan, 25, was jailed for nine years for rape and three years for conspiracy
Abdul Aziz, 41, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy and nine years for trafficking for sexual exploitation
Abdul Rauf, 43, was jailed for six years for conspiracy and six years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Mohammed Sajid, 35, was sentenced to 12 years for rape, six years for conspiracy, one year for trafficking and six years, all concurrent, for sexual activity with a child
Adil Khan, 42, was given eight years for conspiracy and eight years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Mohammed Amin, 45, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy and 12 months, concurrently, for sexual assault.
Abdul Qayyum, 44, was jailed for five years for conspiracy
Illegal immigrant Hamid Safi, 22, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently, for trafficking.