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Rotherham grooming gang: 5 jailed for child sex offences

Concern continues to grow over the activities of Pakistani child grooming gangs in the UK.

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Five members of a Rotherham grooming gang have been jailed for child sex offences.

Five men have been jailed in connection with a grooming gang that operated in Rochdale, England. The men, four of whom are reported to be of Pakistani descent, were found guilty of a range of offences, including rape, sexual assault, and trafficking.

The girls, who would often be picked up outside school in their uniforms, Minshull Street Crown Court heard, were reportedly plied with alcohol, cannabis and ecstasy pills before being sexually assaulted.

Mohammed Ghani, 39, Insar Hussain, 38, Jahn Shahid Ghani, 50, Martin Rhodes, 39, and Ali Razza Hussain Kazmi, 36, abused young girls between 2002 and 2006.

The victims in this case were aged between 12 and 15. They were targeted by the men, who would groom them with gifts and attention before sexually assaulting them. In some cases, the girls were also trafficked to other towns and cities, where they were forced to have sex with other men.

This case highlights yet again the issue of grooming gangs in the UK, which is thought to be a much larger problem than previously thought. In recent years, there have been a number of high-profile cases involving grooming gangs, which have mostly been of Pakistani origin.

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“Child sex abuse perpetrated by British Pakistani grooming gangs is still taking place and being ignored by the police almost a decade after it was exposed…”
The Daily Telegraph, 12th February, 2023.

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The Pakistani community in Rotherham has been the centre of attention in previous cases. In April of this year, speaking before the launch of the Grooming Gangs Task Force initiative, UK Home Secretary Suella Braverman referred to “gangs of British Pakistani men who have worked in child abuse rings or networks’ to target ‘vulnerable white English girls’”.

The earliest reports of  the activities of grooming gangs in Rotherham date to the early 1990s, when staff of local children’s homes began to investigate reports that taxis driven by Pakistani men were arriving at care homes to take the children away. The police apparently declined to act.

Girls as young as 10 were being befriended, perhaps by children their own age, before being passed to older men who would rape them and become their “boyfriends”.

Police forces have been accused of turning a blind eye to offences for fear of upsetting Muslim communities, or of being accused of being racist.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak appeared to confirm this when he stated “The safety of women and girls is paramount. For too long, political correctness has stopped us from weeding out vile criminals who prey on children and young women. We will stop at nothing to stamp out these dangerous gangs.”

In response to the Prime Minister’s comments, Professor Alexis Jay OBE, Chair of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, and Author, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham, said: “The Prime Minister’s statement today places a renewed focus on tackling the sexual abuse and exploitation of children by organised networks.

“I welcome these announcements, some of which reflect the recommendations of the Inquiry’s own report on child sexual exploitation in 2022.

“The commitment to Mandatory Reporting is very encouraging, and I look forward to working with the Government to ensure that the full package of the Inquiry’s recommendations in its Final Report is taken forward to better protect children from sexual abuse in the future.”

Read also: UK to establish task-force to tackle child abuse by “British-Pakistani grooming gangs”

Image: Greater Manchester Police.

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