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Seven men jailed for subjugation and rape of teenage girls in depraved Bristol sex ring

By PA Reporter

Seven Somali men who were part of an inner city sex ring involving the abuse, rape and prostitution of British girls have been jailed for more than 40 years.

Victims aged between 13 and 17 were preyed upon, sexually abused and trafficked across Bristol to be passed around the men's friends for money.

Many of the girls were groomed to view the abuse as a normal part of being the 'girlfriend' of a Somali man, as it was said to be culture and tradition to be raped by their 'boyfriend's' friends.

One defendant, aspiring boxer Mohamed Jumale (24), forced a victim to be raped by his brother, Omar Jumale (20) to save him from hell as he "wanted to turn gay".

The case, now the subject of serious case reviews, follows similar exploitation of young girls across English towns and cities such as Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and Telford.

Two trials took place at Bristol Crown Court following an investigation, codenamed Operation Brooke, with 14 men convicted of child exploitation or drugs offences involving 10 victims.

Eight were jailed for a total of more than 70 years in June, while the remaining seven defendants - including one who featured in both trials - were sentenced yesterday.

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