Six more men have been convicted of grooming and sexually abusing girls. The offences relate to seven girls who were under the age of 16 between 1998 and 2000.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that the men would hang around Rotherham bus station or local schools. They would work as a gang giving the girls alcohol and drugs before sexually abusing them.
Masaued Malik, 35, Aftab Hussain, 40, Abid Saddiq, 38, Sharaz Hussain, 35, plus two men aged 33 and 35 who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been found guilty after an eight-week trial. They will be sentenced on 30 September 2019.
A spokesman from the National Crime Agency has made the following statement:
“The girls, who were all vulnerable and craving attention and love, were deliberately targeted for the sole purpose of becoming sexual objects for the men. At the time, none of them had the maturity to understand they were being groomed and exploited, believing that sex was some kind of ‘necessary price’ for friendship.
They were given alcohol and drugs, belittled and passed around to other men for their gratification, and were vulnerable because of their need to be loved. All seven suffer the emotional effects of the abuse to this day.
All the men lived in Rotherham and the surrounding areas and associated with one another at the time the abuse took place. A feature of their sexual offending was they would often act as a group, happy to share girls around amongst each other.”
All six men will remain in custody. Their offences include rape, indecent assault and child abduction.
The NCA as part of Operation Stovewood have now arrested 20 men in relation to child sexual exploitation. It is understood that they are engaged with 313 alleged victims and survivors and 190 suspects have been identified
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