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  1. I just read the RASE report and I think that not only should every Sikh in the UK read it, those in other western diaspora communities (i.e. Canada and the US) should read it too, so they can be aware of such things taking place in their own countries of residence and also be informed about the persistent inaction by English authorities in dealing with this matter over decades. (Update:) Download from below. The original website has been removed. 407618858-RASE-Report-Sikh-Mediation-and-Rehabilitation-Team.pdf
  2. Married Met Police officer, 45, who tried to pursue sexual relationships with two 'vulnerable' schoolgirls is kicked out of the force for gross misconduct PC Adnan Arib, 45, obtained the mobile phone numbers of two girls, 15 and 16 He asked them whether they had boyfriends before inviting them out for drinks The younger of the victims said she felt Arib's 'intentions were of a sexual nature' A jury found him guilty of two counts of misconduct in a public office after trial He was jailed for two years by Judge Deborah Taylor at Southwark Crown Court Met Police have now dismissed him for gross misconduct following a hearing Married Metropolitan Police officer Adnan Arib, 45, has now been dismissed without notice after being found guilty of gross misconduct following a Met Police misconduct hearing over trying to pursue sexual relationships with two schoolgirls A Met Police officer who tried to pursue sexual relationships with two schoolgirls has been kicked out of the force. PC Adnan Arib, 45, asked one of the girls, a 15-year-old, if she had a boyfriend and suggested they go for a drink. The officer, who worked at Bethnal Green Police station, also told a 16-year-old runaway she was pretty and asked if she wanted to go out with him, Southwark Crown Court heard. Arib claimed he obtained the 15-year-old girl's phone number when he was called to her house because of a family dispute. He said he met the girl one afternoon in July 2019 after she had finished school and tried to convince her to join the police cadets. 'She got the wrong end of the stick and got it all wrong,' he said. But Arib saw his career in tatters after he was convicted of two counts of misconduct in public office following a trial at Southwark Crown Court in February. He was later jailed for two years. Arib has now been dismissed without notice after being found guilty of gross misconduct following a Met Police misconduct hearing at Empress House in Fulham. Judge Deborah Taylor had told Arib that 'the important aspect of sentencing in this case is punishment and deterrence. 'Because not only the officers must be deterred from misconduct but the public must see that very serious punishment will be given to those who betray the trust given to them,' she said. Prosecutor Jacqueline Carey had said the officer's interactions with both girls were 'wholly inappropriate' and amounted to misconduct. The PC, who worked at Bethnal Green Police station, claimed he wanted to offer the girls 'career advice', but a jury at Southwark Crown Court found him guilty of two counts of misconduct in a public office between April and July 2019 following a trial 'In relation to [the 15-year-old], he told her to deny stealing some money she had taken from her mum. 'He proceeded to take her phone number, asked her to meet after school. 'They did, and he asked her a series of questions about her personal life, whether she had a boyfriend and to keep it a secret,' said Ms Carey. Arib targeted the 16-year-old runaway after she was taken to his police station. 'He asked her a number of questions, he wanted to take her out and said that she was pretty,' said Ms Carey. Arib accepted meeting up with the girls but claimed he only did so to 'provide advice'. The officer met the 15-year-old girl after her mother called police, claiming she had stolen £10 from her. After initially speaking to the mother, Arib interviewed the schoolgirl alone in her bedroom. 'When he asked her if she had taken her mother's money, he mouthed to her to say 'no'. 'She answered a number of his questions. 'He asked her for her name, her phone number, her email and asked her to write it on a piece of paper he gave her,' said Ms Carey. 'He asked her if she would like to meet with him after school. 'When she agreed to meet him he told her not to tell anyone.' Arib used a police computer to access the girl's file, which included the mother's concerns that her daughter was drinking, smoking cannabis and'vulnerable to sexual exploitation'. The girl confided to a teacher she was meant to be meeting a police officer at the park alone and showed him their text. But when the teacher reported the matter, she changed her story and claimed the texts were from a schoolmate. When the teenager met Arib, in plain clothes, in a nearby park, he asked her if she had something other than her school uniform shirt to change into. The girl later told officers she was 'pretty sure' Arib put his arm around her shoulder and mentioned going for drinks, the court heard. An examination of the phone uncovered 47 text messages Arib sent to the second girl between April and May that year. The 16-year-old was picked up by police late at night in March 31, 2019 and taken to the station after running away from home. Arib asked the teenager if she was in a relationship and suggested he take her out. On her 17th birthday he wrote: 'Happy birthday. What's the plan today?' In her victim impact statement the first girl, now 17, said she already knew something 'wasn't right' ahead of meeting Arib in the park. 'I felt very unsafe because I knew his intentions weren't pure. 'I felt his intentions were of a sexual nature and he had people waiting for us. 'It was inappropriate because he was trying to take me somewhere. 'For a while I feared for mine and my mum's safety because he knew where I lived,' she wrote. 'If I was as vulnerable as he thought I was I am sure the situation would have carried into something more. 'I am not sure what, but it would have been but nothing good.' Arib, of Barking, East London, denied but was convicted of two counts of misconduct in public office, between 31 March 2019 and 4 July 2019 and jailed for two years. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10719467/Married-Met-officer-45-kicked-force-gross-misconduct.html
  3. Woman was just 14 when she was raped by gang in Keighley, West Yorkshire Eight men were found guilty of 23 counts of rape and two of conspiracy to rape The CPS said two were sentenced last year and four more were jailed on Friday A grooming gang who raped a 14-year-old girl and 'abused her systematically and repeatedly' over a two-year period have been jailed. The woman was raped by multiple men in the Keighley area of West Yorkshire over a period between 2008 and 2009, when she was aged between 14 and 16. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said eight men were found guilty of 23 counts of rape and two of conspiracy to rape in two separate trials at Bradford Crown Court last year. The CPS said two were sentenced last year and four more were jailed on Friday. Nazir Khan, 30, of Keighley, Kamran Hussain, 29, of Keighley, Omar Safdar, 30, of Oldham, Imran Sabir, 42, of Keighley, Hassan Basharat, 32, of Keighley and Barber Hussain, 36, of Bradford have now been jailed. Two others are yet to be sentenced. Nazir Khan (left), 30, of Keighley, was sentenced to 12 years and given an extended eight-year licence period while Kamran Hussain (right), 29, of Keighley was given five years in prison Prosecutors said the girl was driven to parks, flats and isolated places where she was raped by the men. In a statement issued through West Yorkshire Police on Friday, the woman said: 'The driving force for me to keep going through all of this was so that it prevents it from happening to other people, and also it might help other people come forward.' Ed Hulbert, from the CPS, said: 'These eight men cynically manipulated and ruthlessly exploited a young and vulnerable girl. 'They plied her with drugs and alcohol and abused her systematically and repeatedly. They raped her when she was alone and unprotected. 'They are now facing lengthy prison sentences. 'The victim has displayed immense courage and resilience in reporting these crimes and helping us to build a robust case to put before a jury. Our thoughts remain with her.' Hassan Basharat (left), 32, of Keighley, was given 12 years in jail and Omar Safdar (right), 30, of Oldham, was also given a 12 year sentence Barber Hussain (left), 36, of Bradford, was sentenced to 13 years in prison and Imran Sabir (right), 42, of Keighley was given a 12 year sentence Detective Chief Inspector Alan Weekes said: 'I would like to take this opportunity to praise the victim for coming forward and reporting these offences to the police, for her patience whilst the criminal investigation has been ongoing and her courage in giving evidence in court. 'The abuse she endured robbed her of her childhood and I hope seeing all of these men sent to prison today for these horrendous offences she was subjected to will allow her to start to look forward to the future.' The CPS said the six sentences so far were: - Nazir Khan, 30, of Keighley - 12 years and an extended eight-year licence period - Kamran Hussain, 29, of Keighley - five years - Omar Safdar, 30, of Oldham - 12 years - Imran Sabir, 42, of Keighley - 12 years - Hassan Basharat, 32, of Keighley - 12 years - Barber Hussain, 36, of Bradford - 13 years https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10528587/Grooming-gang-systematically-raped-14-year-old-girl-jailed.html
  4. This is a good presentation, though the way the slides seem to jump back and forth can make it a bit difficult to keep track. I think keeping the slides progressing in a chronological order without jumping back to previous ones could possibly improve it even further. Great sewa!
  5. Rotherham grooming gang: Man who indecently assaulted young girls jailed for 18 years Mohammed Ahsan selected his victims ‘because of their vulnerability,’ say investigators https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rotherham-grooming-gang-trial-mohammed-ahsan-jailed-operation-stovewood-a9113606.html
  6. This is eye opening. Ex Scotland Yard police man Jon Wedger (who did 27 years service) exposes how high ranking police officers and politicians derail investigations into organised pedo rings, and try and intimidate people who persist in confronting these things. It's interesting to note how he mentions one of the hotbeds of such abuse being Southall, which most of us will know has a sizeable Sikh population. Sadly, we still get the odd dimwitted, cowardly apna (and apnee) who resent Sikhs who have been trying to combat the long-standing phenomena of the targeted grooming of people in our own community. Often they suggest that the phenomena is exaggerated, or that confronting leads to 'community tensions' (which their cowardly nature seems to make them petrified of?). Well, here we seem to have an informed, experienced perspective from outside of our community. The indifference of the police, social services and political class Jon Wedger alludes to here, echoes the sentiments of many in the Sikh community who've been trying to deal with this, or who have approached the establishment for help in dealing with their own family issues in this department. I've only seen the first hour yet, but I'd like to salute all those people who've been trying to confront and deal with this issue (sometimes for decades) in the face of so much obfuscation by people in positions of power. Keep it up, and all these efforts ARE bearing fruit as awareness IS increasing, despite all the attempts to malign people and cover up. Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh!
  7. Rochdale grooming gang members remain in UK 18 months after losing court battle against deportation Exclusive: Home Office accused of prioritising offenders with Jamaican roots over sex abusers Three members of a Rochdale grooming gang remain in the UK more than 18 months after they lost an appeal against losing their British citizenship, it has emerged. Victims of Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf have reported recent sightings of the men in the Greater Manchester area. The trio have been able to return to the town where they committed years of horrific abuse after being released from prison. Khan got an underage victim pregnant while he was in his 40s, while Aziz and Rauf trafficked teenage girls for sex in their taxis. One of the prosecutors who brought charges against the Rochdale grooming gang said victims had informed him of several sightings of all three men since Christmas. Nazir Afzal OBE, the former chief crown prosecutor for northwest England, told The Independent: “Given the zeal with which the Home Office is dealing with offenders with Jamaican roots, I and the victims and their families are somewhat surprised that these men continue to walk the streets of Rochdale and keep running into those whom they abused. “Having read that one of the deportees to Jamaica was convicted only of dangerous driving, one has to ask if driving a car erratically is viewed as more dangerous and more of a priority than a man who has sexually abused children.” The Home Office announced its intention to remove the men’s British citizenship in July 2015, saying the move was in the public interest because of their “serious and organised offences”. Aziz, Khan and Rauf launched a legal challenge but lost the case at the Court of Appeal in August 2018, paving the way for them to be deported to Pakistan. The court heard that the three convicts were dual nationals, having moved to the UK from Pakistan but became naturalised Judges said the Home Office’s steps to remove their UK citizenship were a “prelude to possible deportation to Pakistan”. Each of them challenged the decision, arguing it amounted to a breach of their human rights and the interests of their children, but their cases were rejected by both the government’s First Tier Tribunal (FTT) and Upper Tribunal. The Court of Appeal concluded that the Home Office and FTT had not acted unlawfully and were “entitled to find that the deprivation of citizenship in the case of each appellant would be compliant” with the law. Lord Justice Sales said: “All the men treated the girls as though they were worthless and beyond all respect. They were motivated by lust and greed.” They were jailed in 2012 as part of a gang who plied girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs and passed them around for sex. Aziz, a taxi driver known as “the Master”, was a leading member of the group and was given a nine-year sentence for trafficking a 15-year-old girl for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. He was married with three children at the time of the abuse. Khan, also a taxi driver, received eight years for conspiracy and trafficking a 13-year-old girl who became pregnant with his child when he was in his 40s. He also targeted a 15-year-old girl and physically abused her when she complained about her treatment. Rauf, a married taxi driver with five children, was handed six years for trafficking a teenage girl and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, after driving one victim to locations where she had sex with him and others up to 20 times. Co-defendant and grooming ringleader Shabir Ahmed was also notified that he would be stripped of his British citizenship but remains in prison serving a 22-year term for rape. Aziz, Khan and Rauf’s continued presence in Rochdale emerged as the government faced a legal challenge over a deportation flight to Jamaica. After campaigners raised concern that not all of around 50 people on board had access to legal advice, a plane took off with only 17 people on board last month. There were questions over proportionality when it emerged that one deportee had been convicted of dangerous driving. The government would not comment on the Rochdale case but said it had deported more than 51,000 foreign national offenders since 2010. It defended the deportation flight to Jamaica, saying those on board were serious or persistent criminals and included men convicted of rape, violent crimes and drug offences. A Home Office spokesperson added: “The government will do everything within its power to deport those who have no right to remain in the UK.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/rochdale-grooming-gang-deported-uk-child-sex-abuse-court-trial-a9342196.html
  8. This is just unreal. It claims that a member of the council might have helped broker a deal with the police to protect a paedo relative! And then people try and deny Sikh claims that the establishment are purposefully playing down or denying Sikh girls being targeted by such groomers. Jahangir Akhtar Miss Akhtar's father is Jahangir Akhtar, who quit as deputy leader of the council in 2013 and lost his seat on the council the following year. His resignation followed claims he helped broker a deal with police involving one of his relatives. The relative - gang ringleader Arshid 'Mad Ash' Hussain - was said to have agreed to hand a missing 14-year-old girl to officers at a petrol station after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted. Jahangir Akhtar's resignation followed claims he helped broker a deal with police involving one of his relatives, gang ringleader Arshid Hussain (pictured) An independent inquiry led by Professor Alexis Jay found an estimated 1,400 Rotherham girls were targeted for sexual abuse by organised gangs of mostly British Pakistani men over 16 years. Four brothers who were jailed for a total of 98 years in 2016 after being convicted of 53 child sex offences against 16 girls - Arshid, Basharat, Bannaras and Sageer Hussain - are related to the Akhtars. Abuse victims helped by Rise voiced concern about the appointment. One woman, who was helped by the charity along with her sister, and who gave evidence against the Hussain brothers, said: 'I'm staggered that the charity and council didn't recognise that putting Jahangir Akhtar's daughter in that role would create a potential conflict of interest.' 'What sort of a signal does that send out to CSE survivors? How are we supposed to have any confidence that the authorities in Rotherham have learnt from the past?' The woman said Miss Akhtar's work for the charity could have given her access to information about girls and women who were groomed and sexually exploited by one or more of her relatives or their associates. Rise is believed to have informed Rotherham council of Miss Akhtar's appointment but the local authority is thought to have reported no concerns. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6811673/Daughter-councillor-implicated-Rotherham-scandal-helps-run-support-service-victims.html
  9. I see these honkys are still throwing around the 'asian' word. What a useless bunch of tossers. Useless police force, and they wonder why certain apnay had to go 'vigilante'. Oh well, a few more nonces banged up. Sentences should've been longer. Look at the uselessness of social services too, who told the parents of one girl that she must be enjoying the abuse if she keeps going back to it. You couldn't make this up. 'Vile and wicked' Asian grooming gang are jailed for a total of more than 55 years for sexually abusing two girls Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz and two others were jailed A seventh man is set to sentenced tomorrow after trial at Leeds Crown Court Predators abused and groomed two Huddersfield schoolgirls from 1995 to 2011 One was forced to have sex with at least 300 men by the age of 15, court heard Six men convicted of raping two vulnerable schoolgirls have been sentenced to a combined 55 and a half years in prison. Usman Ali, Banaras Hussain, Abdul Majid, Gul Riaz and two other defendants were sentenced today after a four-week trial at Leeds Crown Court. A seventh man will be sentenced tomorrow. The sickening abuse took place between 1995 and 2011 in Huddersfield and the girls were aged just 13 and 14 when they fell victim to the vile gang. The court heard that the schoolgirls were 'made to feel special' by the 'vile and wicked' predators who then treated them as 'objects to be used and abused at will'. By the time she was 15, the first victim had been raped by 300 men. Leeds Crown Court heard today how both girls now suffer with PTSD, while one of the victims has also had a lifelong struggle with depression and bulimia. A total of 34 men have now been convicted following West Yorkshire Police's Operation Tendersea investigation into child sexual exploitation in the town, with prison sentences totalling more than 300 years. The defendants were convicted of nine counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault after the sixth trial to come from the Tendersea inquiry. A jury took 12 hours and 49 minutes to convict the men of 12 offences yesterday, including rape and indecent assault. Three of the rapists cannot be named for legal reasons. Detectives on the case said the fact that one of the girls was targeted on her paper round 'speaks volumes about the sheer depravity of this case'. The first victim was introduced to older men by a school friend and by the time she was 15, had sex with up to 300 men, the jury heard during the trial. Social services eventually told the girl's family that 'she must love it if she keeps going back', according to Ms Batty. In a victim statement read out to the court, the victim said she kept the abuse 'buried' for 22 years citing a different incident where she 'wasn't believed' by the police. The statement continued to say she was 'let down' and 'ashamed' but after seeing her assailant's mugshot in a local paper, became committed to getting justice against the men who 'took away her childhood'. She said she had to 'lay her soul bare' in front of complete strangers. Speaking of the first victim, prosecutor Andrea Parnham, told the court today: 'She suffered from stress, anxiety, low self esteem - she has panic attacks. 'Her childhood has been taken away from her. She was a bright and wacky kid but that's all changed. In a victim statement read out to the court, the victim said she kept the abuse 'buried' for 22 years citing a different incident where she 'wasn't believed' by the police. The statement continued to say she was 'let down' and 'ashamed' but after seeing her assailant's mugshot in a local paper, became committed to getting justice against the men who 'took away her childhood'. She said she had to 'lay her soul bare' in front of complete strangers. Speaking of the first victim, prosecutor Andrea Parnham, told the court today: 'She suffered from stress, anxiety, low self esteem - she has panic attacks. 'Her childhood has been taken away from her. She was a bright and wacky kid but that's all changed. 'She kept it buried for 22 years. She tried to report an incident in 1997 but she was disbelieved and felt let down by them. 'She had to cope with feelings of self-loathing and shame. The feelings never left her and haunt her on a daily basis. 'She knows now they were using, grooming and manipulating her for their own purposes and she has to live with that for the rest of her life.' The other woman suffers from PTSD, depression and bulimia. Speaking after the predators were jailed, Judge Geoffrey Marson described their actions as disgusting and degrading and said the sentences were severe to discourage other potential groomers. He also described how the men convicted by Operation Tendersea targeted girls because of their vulnerability and created a relationship of trust that allowed 'predatory men to perpetrate gross sexual abuse for their own perverted gratification'. He said: 'They were planned offences by a large group of Asian men. 'It is likely many of these girls will never recover from the abuse they suffered.' Judge Marson described the grooming of the girls as 'insiduous and persistent'. He said the girls were controlled by violence, or the threat of violence against themselves and their families. He said the jury in this trial heard evidence of one of the victims going missing and returning home 'heavily under the influence of alcohol or drugs', sometimes naked on her lower half and with injuries. She was raped by every defendant in this case, often when she was too drunk to be capable of consenting to sexual activity and sometimes with other people present. The judge said she was raped by Usman Ali in his car, who was 'rough and aggressive' and left her in tears, while Abdul Majid raped her numerous times, often threatening to not take her home unless she had sex with him. Judge Marson told Majid: 'You raped her as the price for taking her home. You repeatedly abused her for your own sexual gratification.' The judge said the second victim was regularly plied with drugs and alcohol 'in order to facilitate the gross sexual abuse by the older men'. Judge Marson said she was indecently assaulted and raped by Gul Riaz, who plied her with vodka at her father's flat. The victims told the court how they continue to be affected by the actions of the men. Ali, 34, of Huddersfield, was jailed for eight years after being found guilty of two offences of rape against one victim. Riaz, 43, also of Huddersfield, was sentenced to 15 years after being found guilty of rape and two indecent assaults against one girl and rape against the other. Banaras Hussain, 39, of Shipley, was jailed for nine and a half years after being found guilty of raping one of the schoolgirls. Abdul Majid, 36, of Huddersfield, was sentenced to 11 years after being found guilty of raping one victim twice. A 36-year-old Huddersfield man was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of rape, while a sixth, 30 and also from Huddersfield, was jailed for four years for raping one of the girls. Meanwhile, a seventh man, a 37-year-old from Huddersfield, will be sentenced tomorrow after he was found guilty of raping one girl. DCI Richard McNamara of Kirklees District, West Yorkshire Police said after the verdict: 'The sentences handed down to these men today reflect the depravity of their actions and I hope it will bring some comfort to their victims to see them jailed. 'Their actions in targeting and sexually abusing these very young and vulnerable girls were utterly despicable and I am very pleased the courts have recognised this and put them behind bars for a number of years. 'Operation Tendersea should send a very clear message that the Police and our Partners at Kirklees will not hesitate to pursue those who sexually abuse children and we will do all we can to seek justice for the victims, no matter when, or how long ago the abuse took place. 'I would urge anyone who may have been the victim of child sexual abuse in Kirklees or elsewhere who has not contacted us to come forwards.' An NSPCC spokesperson said: 'These men groomed and preyed on vulnerable teenagers, treating these young girls as nothing more than objects during sexual abuse offences which took place over a number of years. 'Each of them caused untold damage to the lives of their victims, who suffered horrendous experiences at their hands. 'We hope the girls are all receiving all the support they need, and we urge anyone who has experienced sexual abuse to speak out and seek support.' On Tuesday, the court heard from prosecutor Kate Batty who stated that the victims were deliberately targeted by older men and had been made to feel special when they gave them alcohol, drugs and cigarettes. It was said that the abuse often took place in cars, hotels and flats, including in a flat belonging to a man who was 'involved with drugs and had a gun'. Mrs Batty said the girls would 'regularly be out of it' with drink and drugs and added that the first victim had been introduced to older men by a school friend. 'She didn't know their names half of the time or she would know only their nickname. She was threatened, she was spoken down to, she was intimidated and she was assaulted. 'She was frightened and she saw absolutely no way out of this life.' She added that the youngster had been 'utterly corrupted' and that she had been 'made to believe she had no choice' but to continue with the lifestyle she had found herself in. The victim's family had tried hard to keep her safe and had sought help from both police and social services on multiple occasions. Mrs Batty added: Back then, perhaps the authorities didn't have the understanding that they now have about grooming and child sexual exploitation. 'Social services eventually told [the girl's] family that [she] must love it if she keeps going back.' 'The final straw for her was when she was thrown out of a car with her trousers round her ankles, having had sex with two or three of the men in the car - she can't remember[how many]. 'She was drunk and drugged. She was 15 years old', Mrs Batty said. Michael Quinn, from the CPS, said: 'At the heart of this case are the two victims. They have suffered immensely as a result of their childhood abuse. We would like to acknowledge their great courage in coming forward to assist the investigation and then to support the prosecution. 'I sincerely hope the convictions of their abusers will go some way to helping these young women to rebuild their lives. Our thoughts remain with them.' https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8019815/Vile-wicked-Asian-grooming-gang-jailed-total-55-years.html
  10. More than 70 girls A DAY are referred to social services over fears of sexual abuse (and the towns in previous scandals are still hotspots) Almost 27,000 girls under 18 in England affected by sexual abuse in 2019-20 Analysis by The Mail on Sunday shows the highest rate was in Wakefield Figures show areas with higher levels of deprivation have most acute problems Four members of the child sex grooming gang from Rochdale in which one of Britain's worst child sex scandals took place Rotherham, in South Yorkshire, where one of Britain’s worst child sex abuse scandals saw an estimated 1,400 children exploited between 1997 and 2013, has a rate of one in every 757 residents. Stoke has a rate of one in 778. Plymouth, Blackburn and Blackpool also have high levels. The shocking figures, revealed in answer to a parliamentary question from Labour MP Anna McMorrin, show that areas with higher levels of deprivation have the most acute problems with child sex abuse. Maggie Oliver, a former police officer who exposed the child abuse scandal in Rochdale in 2012 that was the subject of the acclaimed BBC drama Three Girls, said: ‘If anything, the problem’s got worse. 'Rape has almost been decriminalised. Just 1.6 per cent of all reported rapes lead to a charge, so 98 in every 100 girls or women who reported doesn’t go to a charge.’ Maggie Oliver, a former police officer who exposed the child abuse scandal in Rochdale in 2012 that was the subject of the acclaimed BBC drama Three Girls, said: ‘If anything, the problem’s got worse' The number of ‘serious safeguarding referrals’ of girls aged under 18 rose from 214,420 in 2018 to 227,910 last year. The cost of child social services across 151 local authorities in England was £7.9 billion in 2017-18. Anntoinette Bramble, chairwoman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, called on the Government to increase funding. ‘Child sexual abuse, including child sexual exploitation, is a terrible crime,’ she said. ‘To make sure children and young people get the support and protection they need, it is vital that services are properly funded.’ Last night, a DfE spokesman said: ‘Every child should feel safe and protected, which is why we are investing in the frontline charities directly supporting vulnerable children and providing billions more to councils to help them respond to changing pressures, including for children’s services.’ Figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales show 7.5 per cent of adults aged 18 to 74 suffered sexual abuse before 16, with the majority not telling anyone about their ordeal. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10028487/More-70-girls-DAY-referred-social-services-fears-sexual-abuse.html
  11. Twenty-nine men are charged with sexual exploitation and rape of 13-year-old girl in Bradford and Calderdale Majority of alleged offending occurred in Calderdale, some in Bradford District Men have been charged with a variety of sexual offences following investigation Allegations against are from 2003 to 2010 against one female victim, aged 13-20 Police have charged a group of 29 men in connection with child sexual exploitation of a girl over a seven-year period in West Yorkshire. The majority of alleged offending is said to have taken place in Calderdale, with some said to have occurred in the Bradford District. It happened to one female victim between 2003 and 2010, while she was aged between 13 and 20, it is claimed. The men have been charged with a variety of sexual offences following an investigation into non-recent child sexual exploitation. The men will appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on 7 and 9 July. Eight suspects who were arrested over the course of the investigation have been released without charge. All 29 men who have been charged Asad Ali, 37, of Brighouse, is charged with two counts of rape. Ajmal Aziz, 39 of Halifax, is charged with three counts of rape and attempted rape. Mohammed Jangier, 44, of Halifax, is charged with rape. Mohammed Asif, 36, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Harris Ahmed Butt, 37, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of indecent assault. Taukeer Butt, 36, of Halifax, is charged with three counts of rape. Muitasim Khan, 40, of Halifax, is charged with rape. Mohammed Hamza, 47, of Halifax, is charged with rape. Mohsin Mir, 40, of Halifax, is charged with three counts of rape. Javid Mir, 38, of Halifax, is charged with rape. Haroon Saddique, 37, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of rape. Zahir Iqbal, 41, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Sarfraz Rabnawaz, 35, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of rape. Wajid Addalat, 43, of Halifax, is charged with rape. Sajid Addalat, 45, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Nazim Hussain, 43, of Bradford, is charged with conspiracy to rape. Nadeem Saddiqque, 43, of Sheffield, is charged with rape. Saquab Hussain, 43, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Sadakat Ali, 48, of Bradford, is charged with rape. Ziarab Mohammed, 48, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Imran Raja Yasin, 41, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Zulfiqar Ali, 40, of Bradford, is charged with two counts of rape. Malik Abid Qadeer, 64, of Halifax, is charged with five counts of rape. Kamran Amin, 45, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Mohammed Akhtar, 51, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Ali Zulfiqar, 38, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. Shafiq Ali Rafiq, 40, of Dewsbury, is charged with two counts of rape. Amir Shaban, 45, of Halifax, is charged with rape. Sakeb Nazir, 36, of Halifax, is charged with two counts of rape. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9574323/Group-29-men-charged-sexually-abusing-13-year-old-girl-Calderdale.html
  12. Grooming gang review kept secret as Home Office claims releasing findings ‘not in public interest’ Exclusive: Freedom of Information request refused so ministers have ‘safe space’ to discuss policy The government is refusing to release official research on the characteristics of grooming gangs, claiming it is not in the “public interest”. Survivors accused ministers of making “empty promises”, while a man who prosecuted abusers in Rochdale called for the Home Office to “show some courage and publish” its findings. It comes after The Independent revealed that almost 19,000 suspected child sexual exploitation victims were identified by local authorities in just one year, sparking renewed calls for prevention efforts. Sajid Javid promised the review as home secretary in July 2018, pledging that there would be “no no-go areas of inquiry”. “I will not let cultural or political sensitivities get in the way of understanding the problem and doing something about it,” he said at the time. “We know that in these recent high profile cases, where people convicted have been disproportionately from a Pakistani background. “I’ve instructed my officials to explore the particular contexts and characteristics of these types of gangs.” But the government has made no further announcements on the review following Mr Javid’s move to the Treasury last year. It has, however, said it will soon publish a national strategy that will set out a “whole system response to all forms of child sexual abuse”. In December, The Independent was told that the work had been completed but would only be used for internal policy-making and would not be publicly released. In response to a freedom of information (FOI) request asking for the research carried out and any reports drawn up as a result, the Home Office confirmed it held the information but would not release it. In a letter to The Independent, officials said they had applied a “public interest test” but the information was exempt from the act because it concerned the development of government policy. “One of the main purposes of the exemption is to protect the ‘safe space’ necessary for ministers and officials to consider policy options in private without risk of premature disclosure,” it added. “Disclosure would risk pre-empting decisions still to be made by ministers. In addition, the information could be misleading if made public and used out of context.” The Home Office’s FOI unit said the documents also included “operationally sensitive” information from police and could prejudice ongoing investigations. The letter added: “We recognise that this topic in general and any insight and learning are matters of strong public interest, although it does not necessarily follow that it is in the public interest to disclose any specific information relating to it.” Sammy Woodhouse, a Rotherham victim who helped expose the scandal, told The Independent she believed the research was going to be made public. “I always got the impression they were going to do a full report and get something official,” she said. “A lot of people were backing it, it’s ridiculous they’re not releasing it. “We keep hearing ‘we’re going to do this and that’, and when it actually comes to it there’s nothing. It’s empty promises all the time.” Another woman, who was also sexually abused by a grooming gang in Rotherham and wanted to remain anonymous, said she was “disappointed and frustrated” by the decision not to release the report. “The government’s repeated failure to acknowledge the role of racism and religious bigotry in grooming gang crime has led to inadequate investigation, protection and prosecution,” she said. “Prevention of future grooming gang crime can only come through counter-narrative sex and relationships education.” The woman is campaigning for changes to hate crime guidance and the creation of a parliamentary committee to examine gender-based violence linked to faith and belief. Read more Huddersfield grooming gang ‘used and abused young girls for sex’ A former chief prosecutor who initiated charges against a grooming gang in Rochdale warned that far-right groups were using a “vacuum” of reliable information to spread their beliefs and gain support. Nazir Afzal said he had been calling for formal research on potential links between ethnicity and street-based abuse since 2012. “The misinformation and anecdote are exploited by white supremacists and others with an agenda,” he added. “The sooner we have evidence, the sooner we can truly confront it. The Home Office should show some courage and publish.” Mr Javid’s original pledge was in response to a letter from a cross-party group of politicians who called for the Home Office to undertake research into common patterns of behaviour and drivers of grooming gangs. Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, was among the signatories and voiced hope at the time that the review would prevent abuse and protect children. The Home Office has said it will soon publish a national strategy that will set out a “whole system response to all forms of child sexual abuse”. A spokesperson for the government department said: “Child sexual abuse is a sickening crime and predators who abuse children will face the full force of the law. “We’re pursuing work on a number of fronts to understand the characteristics of group-based offending and the contexts in which it occurs. This includes ongoing work commissioned by the previous home secretary and will inform future government policies on child sexual abuse. “New sentencing laws will also ensure the most serious violent and sexual offenders spend time in prison that matches the severity of their crimes, protecting victims and giving the public confidence in the criminal justice system.” https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grooming-gang-rotherham-review-home-office-findings-a9344896.html
  13. You know I think that sleazy predatory behaviour is such a strong impulse in certain animals, that they need to exercise it. Given that people are on lockdown, and given the physical limitations this now imposes, you'll likely to be getting more of these scumbags trolling forums/instagram/facebook/twitter etc. etc. So be on your guard, and females especially, don't go talking unguarded with male strangers, allow the PMing! - such predators can also come from any community (including ours sadly), excusing it away as some masculine 'womanising' impulse. So be streetwise and not dumb and don't conform to negative stereotypes. @Sarbatam You know, admin on Sikh forums have to be a bit sharp too, and make sure their guard against people pretending to be Sikhs is fully on. This is your responsibility too folks. I know these types can go to serious lengths to infiltrate and portray themselves in ways to make the less sharp amongst us put their guard down. Remember, their perception is that we are a dumb gullible quom as it is. It might be a good idea to be hawkish to a healthy extent. Robustly challenge ish that doesn't sit right, and derail any potential attempts to infiltrate and manipulate the more gullible amongst us.
  14. Have a look at this. Apnay (including an amritdhari looking fella who was apparently the ring leader?!?!) involved in grooming with a bunch of the usual suspects. Absolutely disgraceful. Lesson to learn: watch you who keep as company. External looks aren't anything to go by. https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/19/huddersfield-rape-gang-named-at-last-after-trial-where-tommy-robinson-was-arrested-8050917/
  15. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6751479/Nine-strong-Bradford-sex-abuse-gang-face-years-jail-grooming-raping-two-14-year-old-girls.html
  16. The paper says authorities were warned of the abuse a decade before Operation Chalice. One victim, who was targeted by paedophiles and forced to sleep with dozens of men, said: 'The police have betrayed the children of this town for a second time. 'I dread to think how many victims there have been over the years – it wouldn't surprise me if the offending was on the same scale as Rotherham. 'It has been going on for at least two decades. When will it stop?' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5487167/Telford-child-sex-scandal-involving-1-000-Britains-worst.html
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