Members of a child sex gang responsible for raping and sexually abusing girls as young as 12 were jailed today.
The youths, of Czech, Slovak Roma and Kurdish backgrounds, preyed on a total of five girls, including one with severe learning difficulties, in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire last year.
The girls were forced to have sex with boys for money, which was used to buy drugs and alcohol.
Boys aged 14 to 18
The gang’s Roma ringleader, Zdeno Mirga, 18, who made one of his victims pregnant, was sentenced to 16-and-a half years in a young offender institution (YOI) for eight counts of rape and one count of inciting child prostitution.
Renato Balog, 18, a Roma, will serve 12 years in a YOI for five rapes and three sexual assaults.
Jan Kandrac, 17, also from a Roma community, will serve five-and-half years in a YOI for one count of rape and two of indecent assault on a child.
The youngest member of the gang, a 14-year-old Roma who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was given a non-custodial six-month youth rehabilitation order after being convicted of sexual activity with a child.
The case came to light when a Czech/Slovak girl, known as victim A, then aged 12-13, was taken into care and began to tell her social worker what had been happening to her.
Judge Bevan singled out the gang’s treatment of one victim, who had an IQ of just 54.
Lined up to cum inside the “easy meat”
She was repeatedly raped, with men and boys sometimes lining up to abuse her as a “sexual commodity”, he said, adding: “To you she was easy meat, a sexual plaything who no one cared about, no one cared for and who nobody would believe.”
Another victim became pregnant and a third self-harmed.