Nov 28 2014
Sickening underworld of sexual exploitation by Somali MUSLIMS has been dismantled in Bristol and 13 Muslims have been convicted of 31 sex crimes against seven vulnerable teenage girls. They used and abused their victims, exploiting their trust and, in some cases, trafficking them across the city to exploit them.
Bristol Post Including drug offences, prison sentences totalling more than 75 years have already been imposed at the crown court, with punishments lasting decades more to follow.
The youngest victims were only 13 when they were shared around and forced to commit degrading and emotionally-damaging sex acts.Some of the more manipulative offenders told lies about their “culture” and “traditions” to persuade girls to give in to abuse.
In time, victims succumbed to the demands because, for them, it had become the norm. Against a background of upbringings in care or broken homes, some felt they were in loving relationships with abusers, but they knew no better.
This year, two trials have been held at Bristol Crown Court as part of an extensive Avon and Somerset police investigation called Operation Brooke. Due to reporting restrictions to avoid the probe being jeopardised, only now has the Post been able to tell the shocking story.
The full list of men who were involved in the abuse of the young women in Bristol
Prosecutor Anna Vigars told the jury during the case: “It is about the defendants simply using the girls to satisfy them whenever they felt like it, doing it so often that, no doubt, it began to feel normal so far as these girls were concerned. “There are elements of exhibitionism, with sex taking place in front of other people in the group.”
Ultimately, their deceit and vain attempts at self-preservation crumbled and the shocking secret lives they were leading could be uncovered, much to the shock and sadness of their families, who supported them from the public gallery throughout the second trial.