Eight sentenced for child sexual exploitationPublished Friday, 4th November 2016
Council leaders in Rotherham have welcomed the tough jail sentences handed out to a gang of eight men who carried out horrific multiple crimes of child sexual exploitation
The eight men – Sageer Hussain, Mohammed Whied, Ishtiaq Khaliq, Asif Ali, Masoued Malik, Waleed Ali, Basharat Hussain and Naeem Rafiq – were convicted at Sheffield Crown Court on October 17 with sentencing postponed until today.
The men were handed sentences totalling 96 years at the court today for offences against young girls in the town between 1999 and 2003.
This follows a four-week trial that began in September 2016 and recalled years of sexual abuse against young girls in Rotherham.
Speaking after the sentencing Rotherham Council Leader, Cllr Chris Read, said: "Today further justice has been served with perpetrators of these terrible crimes being sentenced. It once again sends a clear message to people who may be committing this sort of vile crime. We don’t want you in our community, you are not welcome, we will track you down and you will be prosecuted.
“It also sends a clear message to victims and survivors – we will do all that we can to get the people who have committed crimes against you. We have services in place that can help so if you have been hurt in any way I hope that today's news will give you confidence to come forward.”
Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council added: “Today is further evidence of the commitment we have made as partners to work together to hunt these evil perpetrators and bring them to justice. Today’s sentences and the 102 years handed out at the previous court case in March and recent convictions for current crimes of child sexual exploitation, shows we are serious about making sure we protect the most vulnerable in our community. We will not shy away from prosecutions, historic or current.
“I have no doubt the sentences today will be of massive importance to the young women who came forward to report years of horrific sexual abuse at the hands of these criminals. They have shown remarkable bravery throughout this whole process and although this won’t take away what happened to them, I hope it helps them to move forward and start to rebuild their shattered lives.
“I hope that today inspires confidence in victims and survivors to feel able to get in touch with us through the Rotherham Together Partnership and let us help them try and get the justice they deserve.”
Anyone with concerns about child sexual exploitation should contact the police on 101 or the new national helpline Say Something on 116 000. The Rotherham Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) can also be contacted on 01709 336 080. Always call 999 in an emergency. There are also a range of agencies available that can offer support to victims of sexual exploitation including Barnardo’s, GROW and the wider voluntary sector.