Two men have been charged as part of a wide-ranging inquiry into child sex abuse in Rotherham.

Abid Saddiq and Waseem Khaliq face charges of offences committed between July 2000 and July 2001 including rape, aiding and abetting indecent assault and child abduction for the purposes of sexual activity.

Both men appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on 21 June.

They were charged as part of the National Crime Agency’s investigation into non-familial sexual abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

A report commissioned by Rotherham Borough Council estimated that over 1,400 children were subjected to abuse in the town between 1997 and 2013.

Public attention was initially alerted to widespread abuse in Rotherham with the conviction of five men in 2010 for offences against underage girls. Two years later, The Times newspaper published an investigation which revealed a confidential police report from 2010 had warned thousands of such crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire each year by networks of Asian men. The subsequent investigation, known as Operation Stovewood, has led to the events that unfolded in Rotherham being regarded as one of the most shocking instances of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in recent history.

 

Jordans Solicitors represent victims who have suffered abuse. We would encourage anyone affected to report their allegations to the police and contact Jordans to pursue a civil claim. We can be contacted free on 033 0300 1103 or you can request a call back.


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