I think these reason these men got away with their crimes for so long was because...
These young girls were abused between 1999 and 2003 - 13 to 17 years ago! Why did it take so long for the victims to get justice? [POLL]
Eight men have been found guilty of 16 charges related to the sexual abuse of three girls in Rotherham between 1999 and 2003.
The men, all from Rotherham, are Sageer Hussain, Mohammed Whied, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Waleed Ali, Asif Ali, Masoued Malik, Basharat Hussain and Naeem Rafiq.
They are due to be sentenced on 4 November.
Det Ch Insp Martin Tate said they committed "vile crimes".
The men were found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court after more than 17 hours of deliberations by the jury.
They "sexualised" their victims, as young as 13 at the time of the offences, and subjected them to "degrading and violent" acts.
One girl and her family told police, their MP and then-home secretary David Blunkett, but eventually moved to Spain to get away from the men.
Sageer Hussain, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, said to be the ringleader, convicted of four rapes and one indecent assault
Mohammed Whied, 32, of Psalters Lane, Rotherham, guilty of one count of aiding and abetting rape
Ishtiaq Khaliq, 33, of Cherry Brook, Rotherham, guilty of one rape and three indecent assaults
Waleed Ali, 34, of Canklow Road, Rotherham, guilty of one rape and one indecent assault
Asif Ali, 30, of Clough Road, Rotherham, convicted of one rape
Masoued Malik, 32, of Bridgewater Way, Rotherham, guilty of one rape, one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment
Basharat Hussain, 40, from Goole, convicted of one indecent assault
Naeem Rafiq, 33, of Clarendon Road, Rotherham, convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit indecent assault and one of false imprisonment
After the verdict, Det Ch Insp Martin Tate said the trial marked the culmination of three years investigative work by police, Rotherham Council and the Crown Prosecution Service into the calculated and organised sexual exploitation of young girls in Rotherham.
He said the verdicts were of "massive importance" to the victims, who suffered years of abuse.
The South Yorkshire Police investigation urged victims to come forward.
"They had to endure what no child should and have shown remarkable bravery throughout our inquiry," he said.
"They carried themselves with composure and dignity and I am so grateful to these women, many of whom remain incredibly vulnerable, for offering their support to our investigative team.
"I am so pleased their voices have been heard and their abusers have been held to account for their vile crimes.
"I hope by hearing these brave women's accounts, other victims find the strength to tell someone what has or is happening to them."
Det Ch Insp Tate said there was much to be done to tackle the "organised and often devious crime", but said officers continued to work to safeguard victims, identify and apprehend offenders.
Peter Mann, of Yorkshire and Humberside Crown Prosecution Service, paid tribute to the victims.
"In contrast to the courage and strength of the victims, these men's actions are utterly abhorrent," he said.
"They waged a campaign of sexual violence and intimidation against young girls in the Rotherham area 13 years ago.
"Sageer Hussain in particular took a leading role in befriending the young girls, and in the case of one victim, passed her on to his friends and other associates."
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