Twelve men from the Rotherham area are due to appear in court charged with 44 child sexual abuse offences, police have said.
The men, aged between 33 and 38, were arrested as part of the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood, an investigation into non-familial child sexual exploitation and abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013.
The 12 men are: Amjal Rafiq, 38; Nabeel Kurshid, 34; Iqlak Yousaf, 33; Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 36; Tanweer Ali, 36; Aftab Hussain, 38; Abid Saddiq, 36; Sharaz Hussain, 33; and Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 38, who have been charged with a total of 39 offences, and Mohammed Ashan, 33; Masaeud Malik, 33; and Waseem Khaliq, 33.
“…I encountered Suju, the wife of another jailed groomer. She was afraid of him but she, too, thinks white girls are: ‘Filthy. How they dress. They have no shame, no fear of Allah.’
Was it OK to hurt them the way the men did?, I asked. ‘No. You can’t hurt people. Allah does not want that,’ she replied. ‘But it is the girls who should be careful. They did something to him, maybe bad magic. I am now alone, no money, no life.’
The brave young woman at the centre of the Halifax grooming gang scandal has waived her right to lifelong anonymity to reveal for the first time the full scale of the nightmare she endured at the hands of her sick abusers.
In a wide-ranging, three-part interview with Shy Society, fearless Georgia speaks out about the horrific two-year ordeal she suffered at the hands of up to 100 mainly Muslim men and breaks her silence about the pattern emerging in all four corners of Britain, as well as condemning the reaction from the political establishment.
The then schoolgirl was just 12-years-old in 2011 when groups of Pakistani Asian men started preying on her and taking advantage of a vulnerability which was heightened when her mother passed away through illness and her father left her and her sister to fend for themselves in the family home. In June 2016 at Leeds Crown Court, 15 men were jailed for a total of 160 years for the appalling sexual abuse which saw her trafficked between around 100 men in Halifax, Bradford and Manchester.
A survivor of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has described her shock at being turned down for full compensation for what she suffered because authorities deemed she had consented to the abuse.
Sammy Woodhouse, who waived her entitlement to lifelong anonymity so she can campaign against sexual exploitation, said the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA)’s letter concluded: ‘I am not satisfied that you were a victim of sexual activity to which you did not in fact consent.’
This conclusion was reached despite Ms Woodhouse’s abuser being convicted and sentenced to a substantial prison sentence.
She was just 14 when she fell under the spell of 24-year-old abuser Arshid Hussain and suffered years of appalling treatment.
She became pregnant by him and had an abortion, and later gave birth to his son at 15 despite being under the protection of social services.
Miss Woodhouse, who now campaigns for abuse victims after waiving her right to anonymity, was told in a letter from CICA she would receive £11,000 for a single rape but nothing for the other sexual abuse.
WHILE senior figures at Rotherham council blindly ignored the truth about the sex scandal engulfing their town – or in some cases allegedly covered it up – 1,400 girls were abused, mainly by men from Pakistani backgrounds.
Even that went unspoken for fear of being seen as racist or politically incorrect.
Official reports published yesterday reveal that the appalling child exploitation went unchecked for 16 years as council executives failed to do their jobs properly.
A few years ago, when the news reached the public that Muslim “sex grooming gangs,” for over two decades, had been systematically engaged in the mass rape of non-Muslim girls in the English city of Rotherham – and that local police and other government authorities had known about these atrocities for a long time but had said and done nothing for fear of being considered bigots – one thing seemed all but certain: this couldn’t just be going on in Rotherham.
It’s official: people who talk about the problem of Pakistani men abusing white working-class girls have no place in polite society. Raise so much as a peep of concern about Muslim grooming gangs and you’ll be expelled from the realm of the decent. You’ll be shushed, exiled, encouraged to clean out your polluted mind.
Ms Champion came under fire after writing an article in The Sun newspaper, under the provocative headline: ‘British Pakistani men ARE raping and exploiting white girls – and it’s time we faced up to it’
Labour’s Shadow equalities minister Sarah Champion has resigned from her frontbench position following a row over an article she wrote in the Sun newspaper, claiming British Pakistani men are “raping and exploiting white girls”.
In a statement the Rotherham MP said she apologised for any offence cause by “the extremely poor choice of words” which appeared in the tabloid newspaper five days’ ago.
“I am concerned that my continued position in the Shadow Cabinet would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career,” she added. “It is therefore with regret that I tender my resignation as Shadow Secretary of State for women and equalities.”
A good woman who deserves respect, the Labour party knows no shame.
A man who was arrested after stripping off in public to reveal his torso scrawled with the words “stop Muslim grooming gangs” has accused the government of failing to do enough to tackle anti-white racism.
Unemployed Jimmy Lamb, 24, took his shirt off in Newcastle and then in Gateshead town centers last week to reveal the slogans. His protest came after 18 Asian men were jailed for abusing girls as young as 14.
Newcastle has joined a list of British cities where grooming gangs, made up of predominantly Pakistani Muslim men, systematically rape and abuse vulnerable, white girls.
A nationwide pattern emerged after the first prosecutions in Rotherham, and then Rochdale, where a “culture of silence” and political correctness led to inaction by authorities who feared being called “racist”.
It is a pattern we simply cannot ignore. In no fewer than 16 British towns and cities, grooming gangs have been prosecuted for raping young females since 2011, culminating last week in the conviction of 17 men and one woman at Newcastle Crown Court.
With the exception of two cases the perpetrators were from South Asian backgrounds. All but three victims were young white girls.
As the Chief Crown Prosecutor who brought the cases against the Rochdale grooming gang in 2012, I’ve come to know a disturbing amount about this crime.
Will South Asian communities condemn these atrocities – and take the necessary action? I’m not convinced. As for wider society, we must start to understand what drives this abuse if we want to stop it. Child grooming is happening under our noses – everywhere. At bus stops, in takeaways, on street corners. But we walk past, because we don’t see what’s happening. And neither do we see the attitudes driving it.
In particular, the appalling misogyny fuelling the growth of grooming gangs has barely been discussed.
THE former detective who helped expose the Rochdale child abuse scandal has accused the Government of doing “too little, too late” and of allowing Asian grooming gangs to “evolve” over the past 15 years.
Maggie Oliver said a sophisticated network of abusers from predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds had grown unchallenged because the authorities feared being labelled racist.
Her comments follow the conviction last week of an 18-strong gang in Newcastle upon Tyne who sexually abused girls as young as 13.
“…This isn’t rocket science. It is clear that aspects of Islamic culture encourage an appalling attitude towards Western women. There was evidence of deep-rooted misogyny among the men convicted. One had said that white women were only good for sex and should be ‘treated like trash’. Such attitudes were also an evident motivating factor in the crimes in Rotherham. Sexual offenders commit their crimes for a multitude of reasons, but where a particular cultural influence plays a role it is important that it is recognised. One contributor to a Newsnight discussion on Operation Sanctuary last night made the point well: a cultural outlook within Islam, in which women obtain honour through duty to their home life, casts white working-class girls, who like to go out in short skirts and drink on a Saturday night, as inferior. It isn’t difficult to see how aspects of Islamic culture may have informed these crimes.”