Perpetrators[ edit ] Twelve men were initially charged with sex trafficking and other offences including rape, trafficking girls for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. Nine men were convicted, of whom eight were of British Pakistani origin and one was an Afghan asylum-seeker.
Of the three not convicted, one was cleared of all charges, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of the second, and the third was not present at the trial after fleeing to Pakistan while on bail. Two worked for the same taxi firm and another two worked at a takeaway restaurant; some came from the same village in Pakistan and another pair shared a flat. Despite one victim going to the police in to report the child grooming , the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute two men, invoking the witness's credibility.
Between and , Sara Rowbothan, made more than attempts to alert police and social services but was told the witnesses were not reliable. One victim, a year-old known as the Honey Monster, acted as a recruiter, procuring girls as young as 13 for the gang.
The victims were coerced and bribed into keeping quiet about the abuse by a combination of alcohol and drugs, food, small sums of money and other gifts. On one occasion he ordered a girl aged 15 to have sex with Kabeer Hassan, as a "treat" for his birthday — Hassan then raped the girl himself.
The ring-leader, year-old Shabir Ahmed, claimed the girls were "prostitutes" who had been running a "business empire" and it was all "white lies". He shouted in court, "Where are the white people?
You have only got my kind here. Shabir Ahmed received the longest sentence, 19 years for rape, aiding and abetting a rape, sexual assault, trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children. Kabeer Hassan was sentenced to nine years for rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.
Abdul Aziz received a similar sentence nine years concurrently for trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.
Abdul Rauf was sentenced to six years for trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children. Adil Khan was sentenced to eight years for the same offences. Mohammed Amin received a five-year sentence for sexual assault and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children.
Another five-year sentence was given to Abdul Qayyum for conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children while Hamid Safi received four years for trafficking for sexual exploitation and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with children. Operation Doublet Following the break up of the first sex ring in May , the police made arrests in relation to another child sexual exploitation ring in Rochdale.
Nine men between 24 and 38 years old were arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child. He said the investigation was at "an extremely sensitive stage" and street grooming was the force's top priority, "a bigger priority than gun crime". He said the investigation was looking at cases in Rochdale dating back to The alleged offences that took place in Rochdale between and included rape, conspiracy to rape, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, sexual activity with a child, and sexual assault.
Cryer said, "Neither the police nor social services would touch those cases. I think it was they were afraid of being called racist. Of the 56 offenders convicted since for crimes relating to on-street grooming of girls aged 11 to 16, three were white, 53 were Asian of which 50 were Muslim, and most were from the British Pakistani community.
Willmer explained to the paper: The organisation defined underage grooming as any situation where a child or young person received a gift in exchange for sexual favours. It drew statistics from organisations such as Barnardo's but the findings were considered inconclusive by expert academics because not all the figures had been compiled in the same way and ethnicity had not always been noted with each reported crime. The networks of men come from different backgrounds: He said the actions of criminals who thought "white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused" were "bringing shame on our community.
They contend that clouding the issue by calling them "Asians" is unfair towards other groups and detrimental to a frank discussion. The company's owner said that due to requests, clients could choose to have a white driver but this was reversed after 50 Asian drivers protested. Actress Maxine Peake starred in the series as Sara Rowbotham , the sexual health aid worker who first uncovered the patterns of severe abuse in the area, but struggled to bring it to the attention of authorities.
The apology was made after a review by the Independent Police Complaints Commission "examined the conduct and actions of 13 officers who were involved in Operation Span and the policing of Rochdale Division. Assistant Chief Constable Dawn Copley said that, at the time of the earlier investigation, "there was a strong target driven focus, predominantly on serious acquisitive crime. At best this was distracting for leaders and influenced the areas that resources were focussed on". She said that seven officers had been served with misconduct notices, but no further disciplinary action would be taken against them.