Now happening in Finland, we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg I fear…
“Your behaviour has been as wicked as it is incomprehensible to our society, and indeed all in this community.” The abused girls became friends in the children’s home before they were “relentlessly sexually abused.”
‘No major city in England and Wales seems to have escaped this problem’, says judge in Bradford grooming trial
No major city in England or Wales seems to have escaped the problem of grooming, the judge in the long-running Bradford sex abuse trial said.
The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, referred to earlier grooming cases, in “Rochdale, Leeds, Rotherham, you name it!”
Judge Durham Hall was speaking as he jailed nine men for a total of more than 132 years for their roles in the “wicked and relentless” grooming, rape and sexual exploitation of two vulnerable girls from a Bradford care home.
The teenager at the heart of the seven-week trial was plied with alcohol and cocaine before being “raped without blandishment but with violence” by several of the defendants.
“She was treated by you, or some of you, like a toy or a commodity to be used,” the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC, said.
“For years she felt she had no voice and that she was powerless, but she’s got a voice now, gentlemen,” he told the defendants, who were flanked in the dock by up to ten prison officers.
“No major city in England and Wales seems to have escaped this problem, grooming by older men acting together or alone,” the judge continued.