Four trials find men and one woman guilty of nearly 100 offences including rape and human trafficking, under police Operation Shelter

Seventeen men and one woman have been found guilty for their part in a sex grooming network in Newcastle that plied vulnerable women and girls with drink and drugs before assaulting them.

In a series of four trials at Newcastle crown court, juries found the men guilty of a catalogue of nearly 100 offences – ranging from rape, human trafficking, conspiracy to incite prostitution and drug supply – between 2011 and 2014.

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