August 31, 2019
Clockwise from top left: Abid Saddiq, Aftab Hussain, Sharaz Hussain and Masaued Malik.
6 down, 75,000 to go!
Six men have been found guilty at Sheffield Crown Court of a string of sex offences relating to the sexual exploitation of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago.
A jury at Sheffield Crown Court found the six defendants guilty of 20 different counts relating to the exploitation of seven women when they were teenagers in the South Yorkshire town more than a decade ago.
Aftab Hussain, 40, Abid Saddiq, 38, Masaued Malik, 35, Sharaz Hussain, 35 and two men who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced on Friday by a judge who heard how teenage girls were preyed on by men, often picking them up outside their schools.
During a five-week trial, the jury heard how the girls were targeted due to their vulnerability and were given alcohol and drugs before some were raped by multiple men.
Violence was sometimes used to ensure they complied, the court heard.
The verdicts on Wednesday mean that 20 men have now been convicted since the NCA took over the investigation of child sexual exploitation cases in Rotherham dating from between 1997 and 2013.
The NCA was invited in following the Jay Report which shocked the nation in 2014 when it outlined the scale of the offending against children in the town.
The agency now has more than 200 people working on Operation Stovewood, which had a budget last year of just under £12 million, and is looking to increase this as it works towards recruiting a staff of 250.
The agency said it has now engaged with 313 alleged victims and survivors in the town and has identified 190 suspects.