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Child sex ring sentenced in Britain

2012-05-09 18:17

London - A group of nine men of Pakistani and Afghan origin were sentenced to jail on Wednesday for grooming white British schoolgirls for sex, using drink and drugs.

The men, aged between 22 and 59, were convicted on Tuesday of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children under the age of 16, and other offences.

Passing sentence at Liverpool Crown Court in northwest England, judge Gerald Clifton gave them prison terms ranging from four to 19 years.

Some of the girls were as young as 13-years-old at the time.

"All of you treated them as though they were worthless and beyond any respect," Clifton told the defendants.

"One of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion.

Married fathers

"Some of you, when arrested, said it was triggered by race.

"That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed."

The abuse took place in the market town of Rochdale outside Manchester in northwest England.

Eight members of the gang were of Pakistani ethnic origin. They included taxi drivers, a takeaway worker and a religious studies teacher. Some were married fathers.

The other gang member was a 22-year-old Afghan illegal immigrant who will be deported once he has served his four-year sentence for conspiracy and trafficking.

Clifton said the group had been "grooming and sexually exploiting" several young girls.

19 years for ringleader

"In some cases those girls were raped callously, viciously and violently," the judge said.

"They were going through a period in their lives full of difficulty and misery.

"One had left her parents' home, another had been in care for many years.

"You attracted them to your company by flattery, free food, and alcohol.

"Some of you acted to satiate your lust, some to make money out of them."

The man considered the ringleader, a 59-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for a total of 19 years for conspiracy, two counts of rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault and a count of trafficking within Britain for sexual exploitation.

Pregnancy


"He has objected from the start for being tried by an all-white jury and subsequent events have confirmed his fears," his lawyer Simon Nichol said.

Mohammed Sajid, a 35-year-old who was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment, would ply victims with alcohol before having sex with them at his flat, where groups of men would gather and "pass around" the girls.

He will be deported to Pakistan after serving his sentence.

Adil Khan, a 42-year-old married father, made pregnant a 13-year-old victim who believed she was in love with him. Khan was jailed for eight years.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-05-09 18:38

    Some only got 4 years - worse justice than our criminals get. Serious crime calls for serious time.

  • Bear - 2012-05-09 18:47

    One positive thing about South Africa... if u mess around with a child you definitely won't be enjoying your prison term.

  • Hugh - 2012-05-09 19:54

    Some interesting facts Interesting that the police did not want to investigate becuse they did not wish to be labelled racist. That there were some 70 girls involved over a period of time. That the majority of Muslims have not uttered a peep in disgust. That prison sentences are pathetically low. That they all claimed that their prosecution was a racist plot. Sounds oh so familiar. One even called the judge a racist bastard.

  • Nico - 2012-05-09 20:00

    You should read a more comprehensive version of the verdict. The judge stated that the men was of the opinion that because the girls were not muslim, they were beneath them(no pun intended) and therefore "fair game" for abuse and the described activities. Utterly disgusting, I surely hope "Pappa wag vir you...." in prison. You are not worthy to be called men and even less can you be called human... .If they think that their god agrees with this, I do not even want to hear about their so called god!

  • CoronaSherona - 2012-05-09 22:03

    burn.in.hell. the lot of them.

  • Luther - 2012-05-10 13:30

    Open your eyes South African...see that rape happens everywhere, its self defenting to start a racial war over something we all should be uniting againt, apart from all the terrible rape stories from the townships, there are also stories like the Afrikana guy who raped,killed and burnt the body of a 16yr old in Roodepoort, the Proportion of Black to whites population is reflected in the incident count in both communities. free your mind ppl and lets take back our safety or Criticize and distract everybody else and let things get worse!!!

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