Taken from ABC of Immigration by Simon Sherbrooke available from The Memoir Club email@example.com 01914192288 Price £20
The author has dedicated his book as follows:
This book is dedicated to the betrayed and to the girls of Derby, Blackpool, Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford et cetera.
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The Rotherham grooming case5 shows the dangers of confusing criminality with culture.
If you are a parent then there are some things that scare you more than others. Someone else hurting your children is pretty high up that list.
The details emerging from Rotherham over the last few months about the systematic abuse of young girls are truly the stuff of parental nightmare. But it’s all made worse because it now seems that for over ten years those charged with protecting children and young girls failed. In fact, worst of all, they decided to look the other way!
They made a choice; protect children in the face of overwhelming evidence of sexual abuse and cruelty or worry more about some misconceived notion of ‘cultural sensitivities’; as if there is any culture where rape is acceptable.
They chose the latter.
It is important to say that The Times has led the way in exposing both the abuse and the cover-up. And some of the details that they have uncovered from confidential reports are some of the most shocking that you can imagine. The documents revealed by The Times give details of events over the years for which no one was prosecuted such as:
· fifty-four Rotherham children were linked to sexual exploitation by three brothers from one British Pakistani family, 18 identifying one brother as their “boyfriend” and several allegedly made pregnant by him;
· a 14-year-old girl from a loving, supportive family was allegedly held in a flat and forced to perform sex acts on five men, four of them Pakistani, plus a 32-year-old Iraqi Kurd. She gave a filmed police interview and identified her abusers;
· one girl, 15, spent days in hospital after a broken bottle was allegedly forced inside her by two young British Pakistani men in a park, causing her to bleed extensively;
· a 13-year-old girl was found at 3am with disrupted clothing in a house with a large group of Asian men who had fed her vodka. A neighbour reported the girl’s screams. Police arrested the child for being drunk and disorderly but did not question the men.
But the police and local authorities knew – and did nothing!
As The Times says:
“A 2010 confidential report by the police intelligence bureau warning that thousands of such crimes were committed in the county each year.
It contains explosive details about the men responsible for the most serious, co-ordinated abuse. ‘Possibly the most shocking threat is the existence of substantial and organised offender networks that groom and exploit victims on a worrying scale,’ the report says.
‘Practitioners throughout the force state that there is a problem with networks of Asian offenders both locally and nationally. This was particularly stressed in Sheffield, and even more so in Rotherham where there appears to be a significant problem with networks of Asian males exploiting young white females. ‘Such groups are said to have trafficked South Yorkshire child victims’ to many other cities including Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Bradford and Dover”.
But nothing was done; why? Well, in 2010 the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board produced another report. The board is made up of senior representatives from local schools, social services, voluntary sector and the police. Now remember that no one has been prosecuted but enough was clearly known and there were enough concerns for a report to be commissioned into what had been going on, in fact is still going on. They helpfully noted that the crimes (presumably they meant alleged) had:
“cultural characteristics … which are locally sensitive in terms of diversity.”
And for the avoidance of doubt as to where priorities lay:
“There are sensitivities of ethnicity with potential to endanger the harmony of community relationships. Great care will be taken in drafting … this report to ensure that its findings embrace Rotherham’s qualities of diversity. It is imperative that suggestions of a wider cultural phenomenon are avoided.
in May 2012, under newspaper headlines such as Men who helped themselves to easy meat and Why did no one listen to teenage victims of sex gang?7, it was reported that Shabir Ahmed,8.1 Mohammed Amin,8.2 Abdul Aziz,8.3 Adil Khan,8.4 Kabeer Hassan,8.5 Abdul Qayyum,8.6 Abdul Rauf,8.7 Mohammed Sajid,8.8 and Hamid Safi,8.9 had been convicted of one or more of rape, arranging and/or inciting child prostitution, allowing premises to be used therefor, sexual activity with a child and trafficking;
in 2012, from Telford or thereabouts, Ahdel Ali and his brother Mubarek, Tanveer Ahmed, Mohammed Ali Sultan, Mohammed Islam Choudrey and Mohammed Younis were convicted of one or more of sexual activity with a child, controlling child prostitution, inciting child prostitution, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, meeting a child after sexual grooming, and trafficking a child within the UK for sexual exploitation;
in 2012, from Keighley and Halifax, Bilal Hussain and Shazad Rehman were convicted of raping two girls and assaulting others. Their modus operandi was to drug and then rape young girls after cruising the streets looking for ‘fresh meat’: one victim, a fourteen-year-old, said, ‘The choice was either have sex with both or get beaten up’;
in May 2012, Azad Miah from Bangladesh, of The Spice of India in Carlisle, was jailed for fifteen years having been found guilty on ten of eighteen charges – paying for the sexual services of a child, child prostitution and keeping a brothel (mainly ‘staffed’ by teenagers. A twelve-year-old had complained to the police three times about Miah before giving up, as nothing was done). Three years later Azad’s brother, Ata, of The Indigo in Carlisle, was jailed for a year for harassment: according to one of Azad’s victims, Ata had pulled up in his car beside the victim, saying he was ‘keeping an eye on her’ as she had ‘put the boss away’;
in February 2013, Hamza Ali, Surin Uddin and Mohamed Sheikh were convicted of taking a thirteen-year-old from a bus stop in London to a house in Ipswich where she was treated ‘like a piece of meat’ for four days;
in May 2013, Bassan and Mohammed Karrar, Akthar and Anjum Dogar, Kamar Jamil, Zeesham Ahmed and Assad Hussain collected, between the seven of them, nineteen convictions for rape; ten convictions for conspiracy to rape; five convictions for rape of a child under thirteen; four convictions for conspiracy to rape a child under thirteen; eight convictions for arranging or facilitating prostitution; five convictions for trafficking for sexual exploitation; four convictions for sexual activity with a child; and one conviction for each of conspiracy to commit a sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child under thirteen by penetration, using an instrument to procure a miscarriage and supplying a class-A drug. This was the result of Operation Bullfinch.
Nearly two years later, Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) issued its 114-page (plus appendices) Serious Case Review in to Child Sexual Exploitation in Oxfordshire: from the experiences of Children A, B, C, D, E, and F. Part of its paragraph 2.6 is:
Adding cases where there was some certainty to those where there was a formal conviction of offences against them, there are grounds for believing that over the last 15 years around 370 girls may have been exploited in the ways covered by this SCR.
And three entire paragraphs of that Review are:
1.29 Terminology around ethnicity: The perpetrators in this case were predominately of Pakistani heritage. (Five were of Pakistani and one of North African heritage and the other said he was born in Saudi Arabia.) In this report the word ‘Asian’9 is used more than ‘Pakistani’. This is not to hide any specific ethnic origin, but because this was the description mainly used by the victims10 and in agency case records. It is believed that when the term ‘Asian’ was used it did often refer to those of Pakistani heritage, but ‘Asian’ seems to be the word used in common professional parlance.
1.30 The victims were white British girls.
4.25 Community relations: With the known perpetrators of group CSE [child sexual exploitation] being significantly of Pakistani heritage, there is considerable work to build relationships with these communities (and others), increase their understanding of CSE and help build a preventative approach. Some examples:
o The Children’s Society runs 12-week induction programmes for young unaccompanied asylum seekers, on which CSC [child sexual contact] and the Police provide input on CSE and age of consent issues.
o The City Council is appointing a Pakistani Father Support project worker, and has developed a new mentoring programme to prevent CSE amongst at risk BME/South Asian males.
o The Superintendent in charge of the Oxford Police (who also chairs the OSCB CSE subgroup) meets Mosque leaders every two months, with for example discussions on CSE warning signs. In 2015 it is planned to extend this to include the City and County Councils.
o The Superintendent also has a bi-monthly Independent Advisory Group which includes all faiths. CSE is always on the agenda, and the Group is briefed for example on disruption operations.
o Police officers attend the Mosque Friday Prayers weekly.
o The OSCB’s revised CSE strategy will have a major new section on community engagement.
o The Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) has led work with the Oxfordshire Mosques and their linked Madrassas on safeguarding children and has worked to ensure safeguarding arrangements are in place including DBS checks, basic training and a safeguarding policy.
o Seven faith leaders attended a top-level briefing on CSE progress in September 2014.
o In October 2014 Muslim representatives attended a CSC/TVP meeting, discussing trafficking and CSE with other religious leaders.
o A meeting was held in February 2015 between Police, City and County representatives and the OSCB Chair with Muslim community leaders.
in August 2013, Aabidali Mubarak Ali, Rakib Iacub, Hamza Imitiazali, Chandresh Mistry, Bharat Modhwadia and Wajud Usman, all of Leicester – five Muslim and one Hindu – pleaded guilty to offences against a sixteen-year-old girl;
in September 2013, Naeem Ahmed, Nabeel Ahmed and Hassan Raza were sentenced in Snaresbrook Crown Court to fourteen, eight and two years respectively for rape and/or sexual assault of an eighteen-year-old. During a seven-week trial, six girls gave evidence about the three men. The initial arrest was pursuant to investigations into the suspected abuse of two girls in the care of Essex County Council;
in November 2013, Rochdale came up again: Manchester Crown Court jailed Rufiq Abubaken a Kurd; Abdul Huk and Roheez Khan, both of Pakistani heritage; and Chola Chansa and Freddie Kendakumana, both from the Congo, for sexual activity with an underage girl (the jury failed to reach a verdict as to Mohammed Ali and Asrar Haider);
in March 2014, the furore over the trial of Abid Miskeen, aged thirty-two, of Bradford, was not over what he had done (he had had intercourse with a girl who was then aged fourteen) but that his victim was kept in custody overnight to ensure she gave evidence. The trial was delayed for a few hours; the girl went outside for a smoke and disappeared. The judge issued a warrant for her and three other witnesses. She was kept in a police station overnight and for four hours the next day. The jury took less than two hours to return a unanimous guilty verdict. Miskeen was sentenced to the maximum possible, namely seven years. Miskeen, father of two, made the girl pregnant. He had a string of previous convictions including robbery, assault and dangerous driving. In 2012, he was given a community order for punching his partner and was in breach of that order when he had intercourse with the girl;
in April 2014, Nazakat Mahmood, Ghulfaraz Nawaz, Haroon Rauf and Omar Sharif – three of Chesham and one of Amersham – were convicted of sexual activity with a girl who at the time was fourteen;
in July 2014, Mohammed Sadiq of Leeds was convicted of sexual assault on a child a third of his age. His counsel, Zia Chaudry, in mitigation, told the court that he continued to deny the offences. He was sentenced to five years (with three years extended licence);
in July 2014, Matab Ali, Umber Farooq and Anees Hanif of Burton-upon-Trent were sentenced to five and a half years for sexually abusing a girl when she was between thirteen and fifteen, with Junaid Ali also being jailed for attempted rape, and Ameer Arshad for blackmail;
in August 2014, there was published Professor Jay’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 1997–2013:
No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.11.1
By far the majority of perpetrators were described as ‘Asian’ by victims 11.2
in November 2014, Birmingham City Council obtained an order that ten men should not approach in public places ‘any female under 18’ with whom they were not personally associated, the names of six to be identified namely Omar Ahmed, Shah Alam, Mohammed Amjan, Sajid Hussain, Mohammed Javed and Naseem Khan;
in February 2015 there was published Report of Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council by Louise Casey: this was at the instigation of the government pursuant to the findings of the Jay Report
in March 2015, ten men of Blackley, Burnley, Ilkeston, Prestwich, Rochdale and various prisons were charged with one or more of rape, conspiracy to rape, sexual activity with a child, aiding and abetting rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, between 2005 and 2013, at a time when the eight victims were aged between thirteen and twenty-three. Assistant Chief Constable Ian Wiggett said,
This investigation is one of a number of cases which comes under the umbrella of Operation Doublet, which is the continued investigation into Child Sexual Exploitation that arose following the 2011 investigation into CSE in Rochdale … So far 65 people have been arrested as part of Operation Doublet.
in July 2015, Asif Hussain, Mohammed Imran, Arshad Jani, Akbari Khan, Taimoor Khan and Vikram Singh (four of Aylesbury and one of each of Milton Keynes and Bradford) were convicted of sexual activity with two girls of twelve or thirteen. Between the six of them, they were jailed for a total of eight-two years. The prosecutor told the jury:
The scale of it is, you may agree, horrifying. [One of the girls] estimated that she had sex with about 60 men – six zero – almost all Asian.
(The trial was also of five other men: four were found not guilty and the jury could not decide on the eleventh.)
in August 2015, Bilal Ahmed, Dilon Rasul (who came here from Iran in 2009) and Hassan Ali were convicted of offences relating to two teenage girls and a teenage boy living in care homes in Rochdale; Jubair Rahman had already pleaded guilty to child abduction;
in February 2016, Arshid Hussain and his brothers Basharat and Bannaras, all of Rotherham, were convicted (and in the third case at the eleventh hour admitted) between them of multiple counts of rape, indecent assault, buggery, child abduction and false imprisonment against eleven children, and their uncle Qurban Ali of conspiracy to rape. The evidence of one girl, thirteen at the time, included:
There was a graveyard. When it was dark I’d be taken there by Pakistani men. They were all a lot older than me. It got to the point where it was a different man nearly every day. A Pakistani man would go with you a couple of times and then pass you on to his friends. It was as though once they’d used you and had sex with you they didn’t want to know.
Derby is where men from Mirpur (in Kashmir and see M is for Mirpur) groomed, abused and raped teenage girls.
At the culmination of Operation Retriever, through 2010, there were three split trials. The men described as the ringleaders – Abid Mohammed Saddique and Mohammed Romaan Liaquat – pleaded guilty to at least one of charges of rape, false imprisonment, sexual assault, sexual activity with a child, perverting the course of justice and aiding and abetting rape, and were both given indefinite prison sentences. Others convicted of at least one of such crimes included Farooq Ahmed, Akshay Kumar, Faisal Mehmood (subsequently deported to Pakistan), Mohammed Imran Rehman and Liaquat’s brother, Nawed Liaquat.1
Derby turned out not to be a one-off or the first. If no one else had known of this Asian threat, decades before, the police did. Mick Gradwell, a former detective superintendent, observed:
When I joined in 1979 one of my first tasks was to police around a Blackburn nightclub where one of the issues was Asian men cruising around in BMWs and Mercs trying to pick up young drunken girls.
But this Asian behaviour was not confronted, immigration continued and
· in 2003, Charlene Downes disappeared, and Paige Rivers in 2007. In 2012, a kebab shop in Blackpool was refused a hot food licence;2
· in August 2008, the police attended the Balti House in Heywood, Rochdale, and arrested a fifteen-year-old, who came to be referred to as Girl A, on suspicion of causing criminal damage: she was attempting to smash up the place. The reason for this, she told police, was that she had been repeatedly plied with vodka and then raped. As a result, Kabeer Hassan and Defendant X were arrested but, despite the latter’s DNA being found on Girl A’s underwear, no prosecution followed.3 A new Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England, Nazir Afzal, re-examined the file and, in December 2010, Defendant X and Kabeer Hassan were re-arrested, with nine others to follow;
· on Saturday, 28 November 2009, Amar Hussain and Shamrez Rashid took two girls, then aged sixteen and fifteen, from Telford to a hostel in Birmingham, where they were joined by Amer Islam Choudhrey, Jahbar Rafiq and Adel Saleem. To the five men, ‘It was Eid. We treated [the girls] as our guests. OK so they gave us [sex] but we were buying them food and drink.’ Between them, the five men were convicted of rape, attempted rape, attempted sexual assault and child abduction;
· in 2010, Mohammed Ditta and Mirza Baig, both of Manchester, in their thirties and married, were jailed indefinitely for plying three fifteen-year-olds with vodka, ecstasy and cocaine and then sexually assaulting them;
· in 2010, Adil Hussain, Moshin Khan, Zafran Ramzan, Umar Razaq and (his cousin) Razwan Razaq, (all) of Rotherham, were jailed for grooming, in 2008, girls who at the time were aged twelve and thirteen, and in one case of raping a sixteen-year-old;
Moving from criminals from Asia to those from Africa, in November 2014, there could be reported the trial in Bristol that ended in June with the conviction of Liban Abdi, Abdulahi Aden, Mustafa Deria, Mustafa Farah, Arafar Osman, Idleh Osman and Said Zakaria (aged between twenty and twenty-two). That publication was on the conviction of Zakaria on further charges plus Jusuf Abdizirak, Abdirashid Abdulahi, Mohamed Dahir, Mohamed Jumale, Omar Jumale and Sakariah Sheik (aged between twenty and twenty-four). (Apart from drug dealing) the thirteen men abused, raped and trafficked teenage girls. Apparently seven of the thirteen are British citizens but all are of Somali ethnicity: Muna Abdi of the Bristol Somali Forum said, ‘I am hoping people will look at this as a crime and not just a crime for the Somali community. The community is deeply shocked and shaken.’