Nine Asian men were today found guilty
of grooming and passing round vulnerable white schoolgirls aged between 13 and 15 for sex after plying them with alcohol and drugs.
Five girls were 'shared' by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons.
The ten-week trial was told that the men - who are all from Pakistan, some from the same village, apart from Safi who is from Afghanistan - groomed the teenage girls because they were vulnerable and from broken homes,
Today the leader of the Ramadhan Foundation, a moderate Muslim group, said that on-street grooming 'is a significant problem for the British Pakistani community'.
Mohammed Shafiq added: 'They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought
- it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community.'
One 13-year-old victim became pregnant and had the child aborted.
Another gave evidence of being raped by two men while she was 'so drunk she was vomiting over the side of the bed'.
The court heard that some of the girls were raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with 'several men in a day, several times a week'.
Police said one victim was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night when she was drunk.
Detectives said she could 'barely recount the events' but her friend was downstairs and remembers 'innumerable men' going upstairs.
It took the jury of three men and nine women 21 hours and 22 minutes to reach all their verdicts. Judge Gerald Clifton adjourned sentencing until tomorrow.
It can be revealed today that Greater Manchester Police and the Crown Prosecution Service apologised after they failed to bring the case of the first victim to trial following her cry for help in August 2008.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is spearheading an investigation into that botched inquiry.
It can also now be reported that the trial was delayed by two weeks when two Asian barristers quit the case due to intimidation by far right groups outside Liverpool Crown Court.
The trial almost collapsed following a tweet from BNP leader Nick Griffin.
Police interviewed 47 young girls from the area who they believed could have been victims of this gang.
Taxi driver Abdul Aziz
, 41, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation. He was found not guilty of two counts of rape.
, 25, of Oldham, Greater Manchester, was found guilty of conspiracy and rape.
, 42, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
, 43, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation.
, 35, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy, trafficking, one count of rape and one count of sexual activity with a child.
, 44, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy.
, 45, of Rochdale, was found guilty of conspiracy and sexual assault.
, 22, who was found guilty of conspiracy and trafficking but not guilty of two counts of rape.
, 41, of Rochdale, was cleared sexual assault by the jury and was cleared of conspiracy after the jury was unable to agree a verdict and the prosecution offered no further evidence.
, 30, of Rochdale, was found not guilty of conspiracy.