Choudhry Ikhalaq Hussain, 43, formally of Rochdale, was flown to the UK today after being arrested north of Faisalabad at the end of January last year.
Part way through his 2015 trial Hussain had fled, leading him to be found guilty in his absence to three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of rape and one count of conspiracy to rape.
He was sentenced to 19 years in prison following Operation Doublet, which was formed in 2012 to investigate reports of historic child sexual exploitation between 2003 and 2013, predominantly in the Rochdale area of Greater Manchester.
With assistance from national and international crime agencies, Greater Manchester Police have been pursuing Hussain ever since he fled.
He had been given permission to leave his trial by the judge after claiming he wanted to go to a relative’s funeral in the UK but instead left for Pakistan.
Detective superintendent Jamie Daniels, senior investigating officer for Operation Doublet, said: “Hussain is a sexual predator who mistakenly thought he could flee to another country to live the good life, while his victim was forced to deal with the consequences of his vile actions and robbed of justice.
“His apprehension demonstrates that when it comes to pursuing perpetrators of child sexual exploitation, we will hunt them across the globe if necessary.”
The Det Supt called the extradition an “overwhelmingly positive result” for his police force, the National Crime Agency, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British High Commission in Pakistan and the Pakistani authorities.
He went on to commend the bravery of Hussain’s victim.
Dep Supt Daniels said: “For her sake above all, we have always remained determined to catch Hussain – regardless of how much time passed or distance he travelled; and I do hope this extradition provides her with a measure of comfort as she can continues to rebuild her life.
“Today’s extradition demonstrates our dedication to ensuring criminals face justice.
“No matter how many years have passed, we will do everything in our power to ensure dangerous predators like Hussain are caught and face up to their abhorrent crimes.”
Hussain was one of ten men who committed sexual offences against a teenage girl.
Shortly after the widely-covered 2012 convictions of nine Asian defendants who had groomed white girls in the town, an “extremely vulnerable young woman” walked into a police station.
She told officers how she had been raped by all 10 men and groomed by a larger number since she was 14 years old.