MeMe - Raises Her Hand (-_-) (Mommy Of A Toddler And Teen) - posted on 05/09/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )
LONDON -- Nine men were jailed on Wednesday for grooming and sexually exploiting girls aged as young as 13 in the north of England.
Five victims were "shared" by Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin, Hamid Safi and a 59-year-old man who cannot be named for legal reasons, The Guardian reported.
The men were aged between 24 and 59 all but one were of British Pakistani heritage. The other was from Afghanistan. They were found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, the BBC News reported. Other convictions included rape, sexual assault and sexual activity with a child.
They were given sentences ranging from four to 19 years, the BBC reported.
Jurors were told that the men gave the victims -- all of whom were white -- alcohol and drugs and then would "pass them around" for sex, according to the BBC. Some of the victims were forced to have sex with "several men in a day, several times a week," the jury heard.
The gang preyed on girls from "chaotic" backgrounds, the BBC quoted the police as saying.
The men, who live in the run-down industrial towns of Rochdale and Oldham, were found guilty on Tuesday. Two others were acquitted after the 11-month trial.
It emerged after the conviction that police believed the grooming gang had 50 members, the Manchester Evening News reported.
'Default of political correctness'
Police and social workers have been accused of initially not acting on allegations raised in 2008 for fear of appearing racist.
"This is an absolute scandal. They were petrified of being called racist and so reverted to the default of political correctness," former member of parliament Ann Cryer told The Daily Telegraph. "They had a greater fear of being perceived in that light than in dealing with the issues in front of them."
The tabloid Daily Mail newspaper ran the front-page headline: "Why did no one listen to teenage victims of sex gang?"
However, a senior police officer involved in the investigation rejected calls for the case to be seen through the prism of race.
"It is not a racial issue. This is about adults preying on vulnerable young children," the Telegraph quoted Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood of Greater Manchester Police as saying. "It just happens that in this particular area and time the demographics were that these were Asian men."
Nevertheless, the case was seized on by the head of the far-right British National Party (BNP), raising the specter of an extremist backlash.
The leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, tweeted before the jury had announced its decision that seven verdicts had been reached. It is not clear how he learned of the jury's decision given that strict reporting restrictions were in place.
The case has already sparked protests by far-right groups. Greater Manchester Police said on Wednesday they were preparing for possible racially motivated violence.
Wow, I can not believe the jail terms range from 4-19 years. This is an extremely heinous crime. They should be getting life, IMO. Why is it you can rape and torture someone or multiple and pretty much get off Scott free? Then add drugging, which should be stepping the offense up by a lot. This type of crime is just as bad, if not worse than murdering someone. These girls have to live with this for the rest of their lives!
I cannot believe the Police and Social Workers turned a blind eye because they were to concerned of how they would look. Too worried they would be convicted of being racist. Holy shit! Come on, what is wrong with these people. These girls were being tortured, drugged and forgotten about. How shameful. Well, I bet they feel like idiots now, since they definitely look like a bunch of assholes, only worried about themselves. They were not doing their job. Makes me so angry.
Do you think the Police and Social Workers were right to be worried, to the extent of doing nothing? How about the lenient sentencing these monsters are looking at receiving?