A woman who trafficked underage girls to a drugs and grooming ring that forced young women to have sex has been jailed for six years and three months.
Carolann Gallon was one of 18 people convicted as part of Operation Sanctuary, an investigation into the sexual abuse of vulnerable girls.
The 22-year-old, of Hareside Court, Newcastle, admitted three counts of trafficking.
Another gang member, Abdulhamid Minoyee, was sentenced to 15 years.
The 34-year-old, of Gainsborough Grove, Newcastle, had been convicted of raping a woman with learning difficulties, sexual assault, and the supply of drugs.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that Gallon took girls – two of whom were in care and one who was only 13 years old – to the parties knowing they would be sexually abused.
She also took a girl with learning difficulties to a flat where she was raped by Minoyee.
Carolann Gallon jailed in tears for providing grooming gang with vulnerable girls to exploit
The Newburn woman was locked up at Newcastle Crown Court as sentences passed on the Operation Shelter gang reached 180 years
A court heard she left one young woman with learning difficulties with Abdulhamid Minoyee and told her she was in safe hands – only for him to rape her when she fell into a drug and alcohol-induced sleep.
Now Gallon and Minoyee have both been jailed at Newcastle Crown Court as a four-day sentencing hearing for Operation Shelter came to a climax.
Gallon, 22, was locked up for six years and three months for trafficking for sexual exploitation while rapist Minoyee got 15 years, bringing the total sentences passed on the gang to more than 180 years.
Jailed: Predators who exploited Newcastle’s most vulnerable girls and women locked up for 180 years
Those convicted for their roles in the Operation Shelter sex abuse probe have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court
They exploited some of Newcastle’s most vulnerable girls and young women for sex.
But now these predators have now been brought to justice for their horrifying crimes.
Some 17 out of the 18 convicted have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court – and their sentences so far total 180 years and eight months.
Here, one by one, we look at what sentence each offender was handed.