Nine men were arrested Wednesday on charges of grooming and exploiting girls as young as 13.

Five victims were "shared" by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, The Guardian reported.
The men are between the ages of 24 and 59. They are immigrants from Pakistan and Afghanistan. They were found guilty of: sexual activity with a child, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, rape, and sexual assault.

Jurors were told that the men gave the victims alcohol and drugs and then would "pass them around" for sex, according to the BBC. Some of the victims were forced to have sex with "several men in a day, several times a week," the jury heard.
The gang preyed on white girls from "chaotic" backgrounds, according to LE.

All but two were found guilty after an 11 month trial.

LE and social workers are accused of not acting on allegations raised in 2008, due to fear of appearing racist.

LE denies any racial issues.

Nevertheless, the case was seized on by the head of the far-right British National Party (BNP), raising the specter of an extremist backlash.

The leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, tweeted before the jury had announced its decision that seven verdicts had been reached. It is not clear how he learned of the jury's decision given that strict reporting restrictions were in place.

The case has already sparked protests by far-right groups. Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday they were preparing for possible racially motivated violence.