Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Rape culture

Rotherham child sex abuse: Six men convicted

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Abid Saddiq, Sharaz Hussain, Aftab Hussain and Masaued MalikImage copyrightNCA
Image captionAbid Saddiq, Sharaz Hussain, Aftab Hussain and Masaued Malik were convicted at Sheffield Crown Court

Six men have been found guilty of a string of sex offences relating to the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the men abused their victims between 1998 and 2002.
Abid Saddiq, 38, was convicted of two counts of rape, five of indecent assault, and two of child abduction.
Sharaz Hussain, 35, Masaued Malik, 35, and Aftab Hussain, 40, were convicted of indecent assault.
Two other defendants who cannot be named for legal reasons were convicted of rape and indecent assault.
The trial heard Saddiq raped a girl in an alleyway when she was aged 14 or 15, then taunted her mother.
The father-of-four admitted having sex with some of the complainants, but claimed they were over age at the time and consented.
The convictions are the latest to arise from a major National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation, Operation Stovewood.
It looked into sexual abuse and exploitation in Rotherham covering the years 1997 to 2013.
The agency has said it believes 1,510 teenagers were exploited in the town during the period.

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