Six Men Charged in UK's Rochdale Sexual-Exploitation Case
Wed, January 20, 2016
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Six men were charged in the Rochdale borough of Greater Manchester, UK, for sexual offences including rape. The charges were made as part of an ongoing investigation into sexual trafficking and exploitation by Pakistani gangs in Rochdale.
The investigation has been ongoing since 2011, when a series of arrests were made and a national scandal developed.
“For more than a decade, child protection experts have identified a repeated pattern of sex offending in towns and cities across northern England and the Midlands involving groups of older men who groom and abuse vulnerable girls aged 11 to 16 after befriending them on the street,” The Times wrote in January 2011. “Most of the victims were white and most of the offenders were of Pakistani heritage.”
Leaders of the Hindu and Sikh community in the UK said lessons “must be learnt” from the grooming scandals. They compared the sexual grooming scandals to the street attacks in Cologne and other parts of Europe.
“Recent disturbing news from Cologne where a mass, planned, rape and sexual assault on New Year's Eve by a mob of at least 1000 'Arab / North African - looking' males on local women is just the latest in a series of reported cases of the targeting of women by small elements within the Muslim community,” read a joint statement by the Network of Sikh Organisations, The Hindu Council, The Sikh Awareness Society and The Sikh Media Monitoring Group.
They called on the UK government to recognize the “the targeting of non-Muslim women” as a “hate crime.”
In this video a victim of others already jailed in the scandal tells her story: