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UK: Another 30 Muslim men charged with rape and trafficking

Police have charged 31 Muslim men with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area.

Published: August 18, 2018, 11:26 am

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    West Yorkshire Police said the five alleged victims were girls aged between 12 and 18, with the offences said to have occurred between 2005 and 2012, the Manchester Evening News reported. The mass arrests in Huddersfield came after women reported being raped and trafficked as teenagers, police said.

    Banaras Hussain, 37, of Shipley, charged with one count of rape of a female over 16.

    Banaris Hussain, 35, of Huddersfield, charged with one count of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Suhail Arif, 30, of Huddersfield, charged with rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Iftikar Ali, 37, of Huddersfield, charged with attempted rape of a girl aged 13-15 and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Sajjad, 31, of Huddersfield, charged with four counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15, one rape of a girl under 13 and facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

    Fehreen Rafiq, 38, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.

    Umar Zaman, 30, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Basharat Hussain, 31, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Amin Ali Choli, 36, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a female over 16.

    Shaqeel Hussain, 35, of Dewsbury, charged with rape of a girl aged 13-15 and two counts of trafficking.

    Mubasher Hussain, 35, of Huddersfield, charged with rape of a girl aged 13-15 and sexual assault.

    Abdul Majid, 34, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Dogar, 35, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of facilitating the commission of child sex offence.

    Usman Ali, 32, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Waqas Anwar, 29, of Huddersfield, charged with five counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Gul Riaz, 42, of Huddersfield, charged with rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Mohammed Akram, 41, of Huddersfield, charged with two counts of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation of a female and rape of a girl aged 14-15.

    Manzoor Akhtar, 29, of Huddersfield, charged with trafficking and three counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Samuel Fikru, 30, of Camden, charged with two counts of rape of a girl aged 13-15.

    Twelve other Muslim men, who cannot be named for legal reasons,  have been charged with “numerous offences in connection with the same investigation”.

    Several groups of Muslims have been convicted of organising and participating in child sex abuse rings recently in towns across the Midlands and north of England, including Rochdale, Rotherham and Newcastle.

    But victims of grooming gangs have been facing an uphill battle with justice and hostile Muslim politicians.

    Last year, prominent Labour MP Naz Shah called on victims of Muslim sex abuse gangs to keep quiet “for diversity”. The Sun reported that Shah retweeted and “liked” a post on Twitter that said: “Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity.”

    Shah led the campaign against a Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh because he had dared to address the scandal of Muslim sex abuse gangs after 17 Muslim men were sentenced for sexually exploiting white girls in Newcastle.

    The British-born Muslim MP accused Kavanagh of using “Nazi-like terminology” and she organised an open letter against The Sun signed by 107 MPs demanding that the writer be fired.

    Shah, who served on the influential House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, complained that the opinion piece was “irresponsible” and had set “a dangerous precedent”.

    There could be up to a million victims of child sexual exploitation in the UK, it is feared, Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said in 2015 already.

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