THREE members of the sick Rochdale grooming gang continue to roam the streets in the same city where they abused girls as young as 12, despite losing the right to remain in the UK.
One of the gang’s former victims spoke of her betrayal to find one of the men, a father-of-five and taxi driver, is back living near her in Greater Manchester – the same area where the horrific crimes where perpetrated.
Pictures emerged on social media showing Abdul Rauf, 51, in the Lancashire town, two years after losing the right to stay in Britain.
Concerned Rochdale residents shared the images with friends and family.
Two other grooming gang members – Abdul Aziz, 49, and Adil Khan, 50 – reportedly live nearby.
SPOTTED IN TOWN
One of the gang’s victims told the Mirror: “I thought Theresa May had organised his deportation, so how come he’s still here?
“I feel violated to know he’s living near me – in the same area where he hunted for girls like me.
“It’s a total betrayal of grooming victims that he’s allowed to stay.”
I feel violated to know he’s living near me – in the same area where he hunted for girls like me.
The Rochdale child sex abuse ring was run by a group of men from Rochdale and Oldham, who exploited girls as young as 12.
Nine men were eventually jailed for a string of offences in 2012.
The vile group were initially given sentences ranging from four to 19 years after being found guilty of offences including rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
The court heard how the men – eight of Pakistani origin and one from Afghanistan – gave their victims drink and drugs before “passing them” round for sex.
The abuse took place at two takeaway restaurants- now under new management – in the Heywood area of Rochdale by the men aged between 24 and 59.
Four members of the grooming gang – including ringleader Shabir Ahmed – faced deportation to Pakistan having dual British and Pakistani citizenship.
In 2016, then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it would be “conducive to the public good” to deprive the four of the right to remain in the UK.
They then fought, and lost, a long legal battle against deprivation of UK citizenship, losing a final Court of Appeal ruling in 2018.
Sentencing judge Gerald Clifton said the victims were “raped callously, viciously and violently”.
STILL IN BRITAIN
In June 2019, four of the group were revealed to be still living in Britain, with no signs of any being prepared for deportation to Pakistan.
One of the men, Abdul Rauf, 51, is a father of five, a taxi driver and a former teacher at a mosque.
His sentence was six years for trafficking and sex with a girl, who was aged 15.
Abdul Aziz, 49, is a father of three and carried the more sinister title of ‘The Master’.
He was originally sentenced to nine years for trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex with a child.
Adil Khan, 50, was given eight years for conspiracy and trafficking a 13-year-old girl who later became pregnant.
All three men have served their sentences.
The exposure of the grooming, sexual assault and trafficking of young girls in Rochdale was made public in 2012.
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Police identified and interviewed 47 young girls who were potential victims of the gang.
After the gang was eventually jailed police, the Rochdale Safeguarding Children Board highlighted failures by 17 agencies who were meant to protect the children.
Crown prosecutors and the Rochdale Council were forced to apologise for their failings.
It led police forces across the country to change the way that they deal with missing people.
SICK GROOMING GANG
Ahmed, known as “Daddy”, was the ringleader of the gang.
He is still serving a 22-year jail term for rape.
Former taxi driver Aziz, a father-of-three, regularly took his young victim to different flats around Rochdale, where she was plied with cannabis and vodka and coerced into sex with men who paid him cash.
Referred to as “The Master” by the gang, he played a “leading role” in the grooming.
Jailed for nine years in May 2012, he was released in December 2015 after serving three years and seven months.
Rauf, a father-of-five, trafficked a 15-year-old girl for sex, driving her to secluded areas to have sex with her in his taxi and ferry her to a flat in Rochdale where he and others had sex with her.
He was jailed for six years and released in November 2014 after serving two years and six months of his sentence.
A neighbour said he has a night-time driving job.
Khan got a girl, 13, pregnant but denied he was the father then met another girl, 15, and trafficked her to others using violence when she complained.
He was sentenced to eight years, released in 2016 and was last known to be living in Manchester.
For two years from early 2008, girls as young as 12 were plied with alcohol and drugs and gang-raped in rooms above takeaway shops and ferried to different flats in taxis where cash was paid to use the girls.
Police said as many as 47 girls were groomed.
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