Three men have been found guilty of sexually assaulting a child – the first convictions resulting from a National Crime Agency (NCA) operation revisiting historic sex crimes carried out by predominantly Muslim sex gangs in Rotherham.
Riaz Makhmood, 39, Sajid Ali, 38, and Zaheer Iqbal 39, all from Masbrough in Rotherham, were convicted of 15 charges against a woman who was just 12 to 13 at the time of their abuse in 1994 and 1995.
The victim, now in her 30s, approached police in 2016, explaining how the men had befriended her, plied her with alcohol and assaulted her in car parks and behind shops two decades ago.
At least 1,400, predominately white girls were groomed, trafficked and sexually abused by gangs of predominantly Pakistani and British Pakistani men in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
The NCA, dubbed Britain’s FBI, say they have identified 300 offenders who have yet to be brought to justice.
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