The 18th member of an Asian gang who plied vulnerable young girls with drink and drugs before exploiting them for sex has finally been put behind bars.
A total of 17 men and one woman have now been convicted of rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution, in a series of trials at Newcastle Crown Court, and in total will spend over 200 years in prison.
They were females who were relatively naive and vulnerable.'They were the victims of organised, well-practiced cynical exploitation and were passed between abusers.' Northumbria Police came under fire after it was revealed that the force had paid £10,000 to a sex offender in exchange for information during an operation which was code-named 'Shelter'.
The only woman convicted of being part of the sex gang, Carolann Gallon, 22, was jailed for six years and three months for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
The court heard that one of the men convicted, 37-year-old Badrul Hussain, was heard telling a ticket collector on the Tyne and Wear Metro: 'All white women are good for one thing, for men like me to f*** and use as trash, that is all women like you are worth.'He and his associates were exposed when two women spoke to the authorities in 2013 and within weeks police made 27 arrests as part of 'Operation Shelter'.
She was given more M-Cat then, one by one, they took their turn having sexual intercourse with her.'The court heard when she left she was driven back to the children's home and given £200 along with more M-Cat.
The girl was a frequent runaway who would regularly go missing.
The wider operation has seen around 100 people convicted of a range of serious offences, including drugs, modern-day slavery and firearms charges, with jail terms totalling more than 300 years.
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The court heard the victims were treated 'like a piece of meat', being laughed at by their attackers and feeling suicidal because of their ordeals.
Those prosecuted were from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and were mainly British-born, with most living in the West End of Newcastle.
Prosecutor John Elvedge QC told the court how during one attack she was high on cocaine while men took turns to have sex with her. The man who brought the M-Cat had sex with her when she was in no position to consent.'The second man was followed by several others, all taking advantage of her.'She said it was like a relay race, one man after another, each having sexual intercourse with her to which she did not consent.'On another occasion, the girl was taken to a party at a flat where there was a group of seven men in a room with a Kurdish flag on the wall and was given M-Cat, the court heard.
Mr Elvedge added: 'She attempted to resist the first man.
The vulnerable 13-year-old, who was in local authority care, told the court how she would regularly be supplied with cash, cigarettes and drugs in exchange for sex.