A sick-minded group of men has been found guilty of rape, human trafficking and sexual assault after reaching out to women on Facebook and seducing them with booze and drugs.
The leader behind the horrific gang was Waqaar Khan, a 24-year-old who was jailed for 14 and a half years after being exposed.
According to MailOnline, Khan partnered with 22-year-old Marcus Woolcock, 18-year-old Keenan Kelly, 23-year-old Kadeem Bourne and 20-year-old Zahid Chaudhary to carry out these acts. One of the gang members involved is still being investigated.
Khan used Facebook to reach out to his victims prior to the gang meeting up with them, making promises of shopping, alcohol and drugs, West Midlands Police reports.
His victims allegedly spoke out about their experiences and recalled being picked up by taxis and brought to car parks or parties before being given the substances.
The women they targeted from 2015 to 2016 lived in Coventry. Six women who the group supposedly attacked gave evidence at earlier hearings, and two of them were under the age of 16.
The gang was also convicted attacking two other teenagers during their twisted Facebook sex-capades.
One of the victims claimed she woke up to one of the men were performing sexual activities on body and said some of her clothes were removed.
Speaking of the scarring incident, she claimed,
I feel like I will never be the same again.
According to the Coventry Telegraph, one of the victims claimed she needed medication in order to "cope with day-to-day life" after being exposed and abused by the gang.
Ian Green, West Midlands Detective Chief Inspector, noted the horrific abuse these women went through and stated,
The sexual abuse of young girls is inexcusable. Our investigation into Waqaar Khan's network is still ongoing, and we are continuing to sift through thousands of texts to identify further potential victims and their abusers.
The group of men have been collectively jailed for 44 years, with Khan holding the longest sentence of 14 years.
Citations: Facebook rape gang who wooed girls online then plied them with drink and drugs before attacking them is jailed for 44 years (MailOnline), Faces of evil: Facebook rape gang who plied girls with booze and drugs jailed for 42 YEARS (Coventry Telegraph)