Led by Abid Mohammed Saddique and Mohammed Romaan Liaqat, of Pakistani heritage as were other men jailed with them for 75 offences relating to 26 girls. Nine of the 13 accused were convicted of grooming and raping girls between 12 and 18 years old.
Huddersfield grooming gang
Twenty-seven men were accused of sexual offences including rape and trafficking against eighteen girls aged between 11 and 17, with two further women accused of child neglect. the gang were Pakistani and were from the areas of Huddersfield, Sheffield, Bradford and Dewsbury
Newcastle sex abuse ring
The Newcastle sex abuse ring was a gang of seventeen men and a woman who sexually abused adolescent girls and young women from 2010 to 2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, after plying them with alcohol and drugs. The men were of Pakistani Albanian, Kurdish, Bangladeshi, Turkish, Iranian, Iraqi, and Eastern European heritage and were aged between 27 and 44. The victims ranged in age from 13 to 25
Ten men were sentenced to jail:
- Afraz Ahmed (33), guilty of 12 counts, 25 years in prison.
- Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain (38), guilty of 6 counts, 19 years in prison. Fled to and arrested in Pakistan via a joint operation of UK and Pakistan police.
- Rehan Ali (27), guilty of 4 counts, 7 years in prison.
- Kutab Miah (35), 4 counts, 9 years in prison.
- Mohammed Dauood (38), 6 counts, 16 years in prison.
- Abid Khan (39), 4 counts, 6.5 years in prison.
- Mohammed Zahid (55), 1 count, 5 years in prison.
- David Law (46), 2 counts, 11 years in prison.
- A man who cannot be named for legal reasons, 6 counts, 23 years in prison plus 8 years on extended licence.
- Mahfuz Rahman (29), 3 counts, 5.5 years in prison.
The convictions related to eight victims who were aged from 13 to 23 at the time of the offences.
Peterborough sex abuse case
The victims were of Czech, Slovak and English origin and typically vulnerable girls, some in local authority care, who were groomed with gifts of tobacco, free meals and apparent displays of affection and friendship by the older males who were targeting them. They were then persuaded to drink vodka or other strong alcoholic drinks and coerced into sexual acts. Some were subsequently trafficked as child prostitutes. The man whose activity prompted the police operation, Mohammed Khubaib, a 43-year-old restaurant owner of Pakistani heritage, was described during his trial at the Old Bailey as having a “‘persistent and almost predatory interest’ in teenage girls”. Khubaib also owned a lettings agency and took under-aged girls to flats under his control, where he and his friends would give them alcohol and play them sexually explicit music videos as part of the sexual grooming
Rochdale child sex abuse ring
The Rochdale child sex abuse ring involved underage teenage girls in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England. Nine men were convicted of sex trafficking and other offences including rape, trafficking girls for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child in May 2012. This resulted in Greater Manchester Police launching Operation Doublet to investigate further claims of abuse with 19 men so far being convicted. Forty-seven girls were identified as victims of child sexual exploitation during the police investigation. The men were British Pakistanis, which led to discussion on whether the failure to investigate them was linked to the authorities’ fear of being accused of racial prejudice. The girls were mainly White British.
Twelve men were initially charged with sex trafficking and other offences including rape, trafficking girls for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. Nine men were convicted, of whom eight were of British Pakistani origin and one was an Afghan asylum-seeker. Of the three not convicted, one was cleared of all charges, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of the second, and the third was not present at the trial after fleeing to Pakistan whilst on bail. Most of the men were married and well-respected within their community. One gang member convicted of sex trafficking was a religious studies teacher at a mosque and a married father of five. The men were aged 24–59 and all knew each other. Two worked for the same taxi firm and another two worked at a takeaway restaurant; some came from the same village in Pakistan and another two men shared a flat. The gang worked to secure underage girls to rape and exploit.
Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal
The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal consists of the organised child sexual abuse that occurred in the town of Rotherham, South Yorkshire, Northern England from the late 1980s until the present and the failure of local authorities to act on reports of the abuse throughout most of that period. Researcher Angie Heal, who was hired by local officials and warned them about child exploitation occurring between 2002 and 2007, has since described it as the “biggest child protection scandal in UK history”.
The first group conviction took place in 2010 when five British-Pakistani men were convicted of sexual offences against girls aged 12–16
Telford child sexual exploitation scandal
The Telford child sexual exploitation scandal was a scandal spanning several decades in the United Kingdom involving a group of men who were convicted of engaging in sexual contact with local female minors between 2007 and 2009 in Telford in the English county of Shropshire. While media reports had suggested there were 100 or more victims and around 200 suspects, the Sunday Mirror reported in March 2018 that up to 1,000 may have been affected, with some even murdered, in incidents dating back to the 1970s. Social workers and police cast doubt on this report, denying that Telford had a “discernible problem compared to other towns”.
However, according to the Home Office, as of 2015, Telford had the highest rate of minor exploitation cases of any town or city in the United Kingdom. The report also revealed that many of them were reported to the council but were ignored. Telford has a population of just under 170,000 people
The Telford case was one of several cases which prompted investigations looking into the claim that “the majority of the perpetrators have been British Pakistani” The first was by the think tank Quilliam, which released a report in December 2017 entitled “Group Based Child Sexual Exploitation — Dissecting Grooming Gangs”, which claimed 84% of offenders were of Pakistani heritage