http://news.sky.com/story/in-profile-members-of-the-newcastle-grooming-gang-busted-by-police-10981849At least 278 victims have been identified
following a police investigation into the grooming and abuse of teenage girls in Newcastle and Gateshead.
As questions are asked over the role of a child rapist informant in the case, Sky News takes a look at the 17 men and one woman who have been brought to justice.
Four have been jailed, while 14 others await sentencing:
:: Saiful Islam
The 35-year-old, of Strathmore Crescent, Newcastle, picked up a drunk 15-year-old on the street and raped her after telling his wife he was going night fishing.
Islam, who was jailed for 10 years, spotted his victim outside a supermarket on his way home from work and returned after making the excuse to his wife.
He then bought the victim Malibu, took her to premises where he and friends knew they could abuse girls and coerced her into having sex.
:: Yasser Hussain
The 28-year-old, of Canning Street, Newcastle, was jailed for witness intimidation and assault after telling a young girl he had seen in the street that "everybody wanted her six feet under".
Hussain was sentenced to two years in prison for the attack and for allowing his premises to be used in the supply of drugs after a jury heard how he hosted parties.
:: Abdul Sabe
The 40-year-old, of Dean House, Walker, Newcastle, was convicted of conspiracy to incite prostitution, conspiracy to traffic for sexual exploitation, conspiracy to sexual assault, and supplying drugs to victims.He was already on the sex offenders' register.
:: Badrul Hussain
The 37-year-old, of Drybeck Court, Newcastle, was convicted of allowing drugs to be used at his premises and of supplying drugs.
A jury heard he made an outburst to a ticket collector on the Tyne and Wear Metro, saying: "All white women are good for one thing, for men like me to f*** and use as trash.
"That is all women like you are worth."
:: Carolann Gallon
The 22-year-old, from Hareside Court, Newcastle, admitted three offences of trafficking girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
The decision to put her before the courts was referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions, with the view taken that she was an active part of the gang and not a victim herself.
More profiles in the link stating convictions for others..