A brave and very personal denunciation by a British Pakistani of those in his community who defend grooming gangs
They raped countless girls, some as young as 11. They forced others into prostitution and lived the high life on the proceeds. And, in ordinary looking houses, on ordinary-looking streets in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, they shared vulnerable youngsters between them, indulging their depravity with a sickening arrogance.
It is a charge sheet that any decent person will find horrifying and abhorrent. But, to me, these disgusting crimes carry an all-too-personal significance. Because the men of whom I speak are, in fact, my second cousins.
Arshid Hussain, 40, along with his brothers Basharat, 39, and Bannaras, 36, were this week convicted of grooming and sexually exploiting young girls in their hometown of Rotherham. Yesterday, Arshid, the ringleader, was jailed for 35 years, while Basharat and Bannaras got 25 and 19 years respectively, for 50 offences against 14 girls, including multiple rapes and indecent assaults, abduction and false imprisonment.