Grooming gang to be deported

Date published: 09 August 2018

Three men who were part of a grooming ring in Rochdale and pimped out their vulnerable teenage victims to people in the town - and in Oldham - have been told they’ll be deported once they’re sentences come to an end.

Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men jailed over appalling crimes against teenage girls in Rochdale and the surrounding area back in 2012.

The trio were sentenced to between six and nine years.

In 2015 the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced that all three should be removed from the roll of British Citizens, a decision that was a prelude to government plans to deport them to Pakistan.

However, all three of the men challenged the decision claiming it violated their human right to family life as they all have British children.

But their campaign to remain in the country failed on Wednesday 8th August when Judges at the Court of Appeal ruled that stripping them of their citizenship is “conducive to the public good.”

Aziz, Khan and Rauf were sent to prison at Liverpool Crown Court in May 2012 for crimes including rape and trafficking teenage girls, some as young as 13, in Rochdale.

The men would also pimp the girls out to other men in Oldham as well.

Lord Justice Sales said that what they and others did to vulnerable girls in Rochdale and Oldham amounted to “serious organised crime.”

The judge, who jailed them back in 2012, said victims were “raped callously, viciously and violently.”

“In some cases, they were driven round Rochdale and Oldham to be made to have sex with paying customers.

“All the men treated the girls as though they were worthless and beyond all respect."

“They were motivated by lust and greed,” Lord Justice Sales added.

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