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Girls given drink, drugs and gifts before being forced to have sex with strangers

Five people have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation offences in Sheffield.

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FOUR MEN AND one woman have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation offences in Sheffield, England.

Brothers Christopher, Matthew and Shane Whiteley, and Amanda Spencer and Taleb Bapir were convicted of a total of 15 counts relating to five victims after a seven-week-long trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

They targeted vulnerable young girls in the Sheffield area between 2005 and 2012.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says the girls were given drink, drugs and gifts, before being forced to have sex with members of the group and strangers. They were also threatened and subjected to violence.

Peter Mann, from the CPS, said: “These defendants cynically targeted and sexually exploited young and vulnerable girls. It is hard to comprehend the magnitude of suffering they must have endured.

The guilty verdicts returned today are a testament to the courage of the victims in coming forward and giving evidence against their abusers.

“This case was very complex and involved months of painstaking analysis. With the victims’ help the CPS was able to build a strong prosecution case against these defendants, resulting in today’s verdicts.”

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