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The Sun, 16 May 1986 p.11

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A judge slammed the scandal of ‘rentboy’ vice rings in London’s West End yesterday as he jailed a gay social worker for four years.

Judge John Hazan QC, said at the Old Bailey: ‘This evil trade must stop.

“One can only hope that the realisation by punters of the dangers of sexual transmission of diseases such as AIDS will give them cause for thought.”

His attack came after Abraham Jacob, 45, was convicted of living off the earnings of teenaged male prostitutes.

The judge told him: “You must learn that young men are not pieces of meat on display on a rack to be sold like merchandise in the market.”

Jacob who cared for the elderly was found guilty by [  ] majority after the jury retired for 14 hours.

The court heard that Jacob, a senior care officer with London’s Islington council worked a gay vice ring called ‘The Meat Rack’ in Piccadilly Circus.

Runaway boys were displayed in Wimpy bar windows for clients to select for sex.

The judge told Jacob: “You are a menace to young men. They are human beings entitled to be treated with dignity.” The judge also praised the police for mounting ‘Operation Circus’ to smash the rings.

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