UK convicts 9 in 'racist' child-sex ring

2012-05-08 21:55

London - Nine men of Pakistani and Afghan descent were convicted on Tuesday for participating in a child sex ring in a case that touched off deep sensitivities about race in Britain and galvanized the far right.

Prosecutors had told a jury that the men plied young, vulnerable girls  many of whom were white - with drugs and alcohol and then passed them around for sex. The girls - some as young as 13 years old - were assaulted, raped and sometimes forced to have sex with several men a day.

"The details of the offences that we have heard in this trial in the last few weeks have shocked and appalled us all," said Nazi Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West Area. "No child should ever be exploited in the way these young victims were."

The race of the perpetrators and their victims was repeatedly brought to the fore. Of the men, several were born in Pakistan, one was born in Afghanistan, and all are of South Asian ethnicity. Their ages ranged from 22 to the 59-year-old alleged ringleader.

When the trial began 6 February, hundreds of supporters of the right-wing British National Party and English Defence League staged a protest outside the court. The case delayed by two weeks when two non-white barristers were attacked outside the court by far-right protesters and forced to quit the case.

After those incidents, police were forced to step up security outside of the courthouse.

But Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said authorities did not take race into account in deciding to pursue the case.

"This is about adults preying on vulnerable young children," he said.

Brave victims

Muslim groups also condemned the crime and praised the bravery of the victims for coming forward.

"These criminals have brought shame on themselves, their families and our community," said Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation.

Police told of victims forced to have sex with 20 men in one night while drunk, and one who was raped by two men while "so drunk she was vomiting over the side of the bed. Alcohol, food and money were often traded in return for the sex - but violence also was used, prosecutors said.

Tuesday's convictions included several for rape, sexual assault, sex trafficking and conspiracy.

The nine men - Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons - were convicted following a 10-week trial.

Judge Gerald Clifton adjourned sentencing until Wednesday.

  • Malizba Liz Mhlanga - 2012-05-08 22:55

    these parkistans are cruel i don't even buy anything in their shops hence fourth they are every where in our country we are in trouble

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-05-08 23:18

      What an awful, racist thing to think and say. After all we've been through as a country, this is deeply disappointing. I very much hope you'll change this. It's terrible. There's no place for it SA or the world.

      Robin - 2012-05-09 06:38

      Disgrace these animals publicly!!

  • Piotr - 2012-05-09 02:41

    When Italians in the mafia commit crimes, no-one demands that the 'elders' in the Catholic Church need to do something about it. When a gang of black youths get caught running a drugs ring no-one demands that the 'elders' in black communities do something about it. So why is that when a group of criminals from the South Asian communities are involved in organised criminal activity that there's a demand that 'elders' do something about it? Does anyone seriously believe these drug-dealing, booze-peddling perverts were regulars down their local Mosque? Of course they weren't. They obviously have no moral compass. So how exactly is it the fault of the South Asian community as a whole for not doing enough? This rent-a-quote Mohammed Shafiq guy is after attention and money, and he is rightly reviled by his own community. He claims to run something called the 'Ramadan Foundation' which is basically him and his brother with a website and absolutely no influence in the Muslim community. He knows if he says stupid things like 'the elders don't do enough' - essentially pushing blame on to his own community for a crime committed by a small group of organised criminals - then he can get some media attention. I'm sure he will be angling for a large chunk of money from the government for his two-man 'Foundation". Self-serving greedy Uncle Tom. Deserves the abuse he regularly gets from his own people.

      zaatheist - 2012-05-09 05:05

      Some good points and it is good to see you speak out and clarify some issues.

      Hugh - 2012-05-09 07:26

      @piottr. You seriously do not know much about Islam or read only that what you wish. Work with them in the UK and take the time to listen and learn. If you look into Islam Eastern European versions included in general you will see two faces, the minority that subscribes to multi culturism and the majority that is insular in thought and action. That inslular section is that which thinks white teens and whites in general are trash, lacking morals etc and prohibit their childrens association. Overall the sentiments expressed in court are no different to that in every Muslim home.

      Amy - 2012-05-09 08:32

      Xenswim1- I am a white Muslim, I have NEVER experienced what you are talking about, if anything, I find that they are more welcoming to us reverts than our local cape malays or indians, infact, when I reverted, I found they where far more helpful than my locals. So please don't generalise.

  • jpstrauss - 2012-05-09 07:27

    \Diversity is strength\.

  • Carla - 2012-05-09 09:23

    Sick, sick bastards!

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