Statement after 11 convicted in child sexual exploitation trial (18 Dec 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"This has been a particularly disturbing and complex case and all of our thoughts should be with the young and vulnerable victims who not only had to suffer serious abuse from these men but then relive their harrowing ordeals in court. I want to pay tribute to them for coming forward and telling the police what happened and then having the bravery and courage of their convictions to repeat it to the court. I hope today's verdicts give them a sense of closure and allow them to move on with their lives.

"Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) remains a major focus for me and for West Yorkshire to investigate. With the outcomes we have heard today more victims are finding the courage to come forward, even if the crimes were committed many years ago. The demand on police therefore is understandably high and that is why I have made tackling CSE and sexual abuse top priorities. I have made an extra £3.5 million available for West Yorkshire Police to tackle it (as well as the often linked issued of Human Trafficking and Cyber-Crime). I have also allocated an additional £440,000 to help raise awareness of CSE in schools and increase support for victims and in May this year created a new role within my office of Safeguarding Advisor (with a focus on CSE) to work with partners across West Yorkshire to specifically tackle this awful crime.

"Everyone has a part to play in confronting these horrendous crimes."

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