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”.