Rotherham sex gang jailed


Eight men have been jailed for sexually exploiting teenage girls.
The eight members of a grooming ring in Rotherham have been handed prison terms of between five and 19 years for sexual exploitation and causing what was described as “immeasurable and far-reaching harm”.
They were found guilty of a total of 19 charges including rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment of teenagers as young as 13.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that the men had subjected their terrified victims to “acts of a degrading and violent nature”.
The men jailed were SageerHussain, 30; Mohammed Whied, 32; IshtiaqKhaliq, 33; Waleed Ali, 34; Asif Ali, 30; Masoued Malik, 32; BasharatHussain, 40; and NaeemRafiq, 33.
Judge Sarah Wright said their depraved actions had caused “severe psychological harm” to their three victims.
One of those girls, now 27, said she now felt vindicated.
She said: “When the verdicts came in, it proved to me that justice could have been done 13 years ago. That could have saved me a lot of heartache.”
The woman said she had been petrified to come forward because the men threatened to “gang rape” her mother if she did not agree to whatever they wanted.
The abuse took place outdoors in an alley in Rotherham town centre, as well as in a park and bushes.
Her family moved to Spain after speaking to police, social services, their MP and the then home secretary David Blunkett in a bid to get justice for their daughter.
The National Crime Agency has revealed these offences are just the tip of the iceberg, and they are currently looking at more than 11,100 lines of inquiry regarding sexual exploitation in Rotherham during the late nineties up to 2003.
A total of 38 people are suspected of crimes in relation to the investigation.
Agency staff have so far spoken to 133 alleged victims and recorded 163 crimes.
Nine further people have been arrested as a result of the investigation and the suspects are due to appear in court later this year.
An organised crime group is also believed to be part of the situation and links have been identified to money laundering, financial crime and drugs offences.
The operation was launched after the Jay report was published two years ago, after finding that at least 1,400 children in Rotherham had been the victims of sexual exploitation over a 16-year timescale.

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