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Two men jailed for sex trafficking underage girls

Both men were sentenced to 14 years in prison. Credit: North Wales Police

Two men have been sentenced at Mold Crown Court for sex trafficking and rape offences.

John James Purcell, 31, and John Delaney, 33, were convicted of the rape and trafficking of two 15-year-old girls. Both men will serve sentences of 14 years.

The court heard how the men would encourage their victims to drink before taking the girls to a hotel room where other men would attend and also sexually abuse them.

Sandra Subacchi of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales said Purcell and Delaney treated the girls as "property rather than people".

These men preyed on the vulnerability of these teenage girls, sometimes seeking them out and encouraging them to leave their care home to go with them. They deliberately manipulated the girls and used alcohol as a way of breaking their will, sometimes getting them so drunk that they were not able to stop the men from doing as they wished. The defendants treated these girls as property rather than people and used them as objects to fulfil their sexual desires. We hope the conclusion of the case will help the women to move forward with their lives.

– Sandra Subacchi, CPS

North Wales Police's Operation Lenten team helped bring the men to justice. DCI Alun Oldfield from the force also thanked the victims for their "courage" during the trial.

I would like to thank the victims in this traumatic case for having the courage to come forward and give evidence against these men who ruthlessly exploited them. John Anthony Delaney and John James Purcell have rightly been given lengthy custodial sentences for the rape and trafficking of children. Hopefully the victims can now move on with their lives in the knowledge that these paedophiles have been brought to justice.

– DCI Alun Oldfield, North Wales Police