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The victims, vulnerable teenagers from deprived, dysfunctional backgrounds were targeted in "honeypot locations" where young people congregated, such as takeaway food shops.

One victim, a 15-year-old known as the Honey Monster, acted as a recruiter, procuring girls as young as 13 for the gang.

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Of the nine men convicted, eight were of British Pakistani origin and one was an Afghan asylum-seeker; of the three not convicted, one was cleared of all charges, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of the second, and the third was not present at the trial after fleeing to Pakistan while on bail.

One gang member convicted of sex trafficking was a religious studies teacher at a mosque and a married father of five.

The men were aged between 24 and 59 and all knew each other.

The Rochdale sex trafficking gang preyed on under-age white teenage girls in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England.

Gang members were convicted of sex trafficking and other offences including rape, trafficking girls for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, on .

The men were all British Pakistanis except for one man from Afghanistan.

The girls were all white British which led to a nationwide discussion of whether the crimes were racially motivated, and whether the failure to investigate them was linked to the authorities' fear of being accused of racism.

Two worked for the same taxi firm and another two worked at a takeaway restaurant; some came from the same village in Pakistan and another pair shared a flat.

The abuse of under-age white girls that occurred in 20 centered around two takeaways in Heywood near Rochdale.

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