The dad of the Newcastle woman facing jail for trafficking girls into a sex exploitation network has revealed how she got sucked into the gang.
Carolann Gallon, 22, was one of 18 people convicted as part of Northumbria Police’s Operation Shelter, which exposed widespread rape and abuse of women and girls.
Gallon is the only woman so far convicted and her father Jimmy, 63, says its this – and because she is also the only white person connected – that has lead to a torrent of online abuse.
Mr Gallon told Chronicle Live: ‘She was a victim and she should have been treated like one. They manipulated her. She didn’t know she was doing anything wrong.
‘I want people to know she’s not the person she’s been made out to be.’
The gang were convicted on charges including rape, supplying drugs and inciting prostitution after the £4million police operation uncovered older men preying on immature and vulnerable teens.
They would then ply them with cocaine, alcohol, mephedrone and cannabis before raping or persuading them into having sexual activity with the lure of further drugs.
They were convicted over the course of four trials for the crimes that happened between 2011 and 2014.
The victims were all females between 13 and 25.
Gallon pleaded guilty to three counts of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Her unemployed father has 17 children from four different women and lost his legs to diabetes.
He said he once called the police fearing his daughter was being groomed and that the only difference was that Carolann ended up being charged and locked up with the others girls treated as victims.
He said his daughter, who like him can not read or write, got involved with Asian men as a teenager.
Mr Gallon: ‘She is the only white face in this whole group of people and she is the one being singled out for most of the abuse’.