A 32 year old Rochdale woman was given 12 years imprisonment amid angry scenes at Rochdale Crown Court today after being found guilty of grooming a number of teenage girls, some as young as 16 during a 12 year reign of terror.
Sharon Nesmith the proprietor of Sweet Sensation beauty salon of 35 Teesdale Gardens Rochdale stood unmoved and expressionless in the dock as sentence was handed down and then blew a kiss to friends in the public gallery as she was taken down to begin her sentence.
During the trial a number of her victims had given evidence via video link telling of years of hairstyling, makeovers, fake tanning and on one occasion the administering of a complete pedicure on a young Romanian asylum seeker who told the court through an interpreter that she'd had no idea of the fate that awaited her and that she'd been assured by her traffickers that she'd merely be required to become a drug addled prostitute in a dingy flat, servicing Turks and Iraqis under the brutal control of a Pakistani pimp.
There were angry scenes and scuffles outside the courtroom as the accused was driven away and local residents called for police and social services to be made accountable for alleged failures to act earlier.
A mother of one of the young victims broke down in front of reporters saying. "I just cant believe things were allowed to go this far. I told the police a number of times how our daughter would go out in the early afternoons saying she was going to meet her friends in the shopping precinct only to come home about 2 hours later with her nails done and her eyebrows plucked. She was only 18 for God's sake!".
A spokesperson for Rochdale social services said "We realise mistakes have been made and lessons have to be learned and the people of Rochdale can rest assured nothing like this will happen again for a good few weeks or at least until the media have got off our backs"
Nesmith will serve at least a fortnight of her sentence before becoming eligible for parole.