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Rochdale, child exploiting gang, of nine men has been sentenced to 77 years in total between them.

Date: (10 May 2012)    |    

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The kingpin aged 59 whose name has not been given has been sentenced for up to 19 years.
The nine men received heavy jail sentences at Liverpool crown court, as the judge said they were driven by lust and greed and treated victims as 'worthless'. They have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation and grooming young vulnerable girls in Rochdale.
The trial, which ended on Tuesday, heard the five victims, the youngest being 13 when the abuse began, were enticed with food, alcohol, drugs and gifts so they could be passed around a group of men for sex.
The nine defendants were jailed for a total of 77 years, with the ringleader, a 59-year-old man from Oldham, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, receiving a 19-year term after being convicted of two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Kabeer Hassan, 25, of Oldham, was jailed for nine years for rape and three years, concurrently, for conspiracy. Hamid Safi, 22, an illegal immigrant of no fixed address, was jailed for four years for conspiracy and one year, concurrently, for trafficking.
The other men all came from Rochdale. Abdul Qayyum, 44, was jailed for five years for conspiracy. Mohammed Amin, 45, was sentenced to five years for conspiracy and 12 months, concurrently, for sexual assault. Adil Khan, 42, was given eight years for conspiracy and eight years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation. Mohammed Sajid, 35, was sentenced to 12 years for rape, six years for conspiracy, one year for trafficking and six years, concurrently, for sexual activity with a child. Abdul Rauf, 43, a married father-of-five, was jailed for six years for conspiracy and six years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation. Abdul Aziz, 41, a taxi driver, was sentenced to nine years for conspiracy and nine years, concurrently, for trafficking for sexual exploitation.
Greater Manchester police said further arrests could be made following the trial.
Greater Manchester Police said that further arrests could be made following the trial. Mohammed Shazad, 39, from Rochdale was wanted by police after he absconded while on bail. Its investigation identified a further 42 potential victims of on-street grooming.
Detective Inspector Michael Sanderson, senior investigating officer in the case, said the defendants had never shown the slightest bit of remorse and forced the victims to re-live their horrific ordeals. He vowed the force would "hunt down and prosecute" anyone involved in the sexual exploitation of children.