12 accused of sexually abusing minors to appear in court | World

The arrested individuals have been accused of sexually abusing eight girls under the age of 16, over a five-year period from 1998 to 2003. Photo:File 

Twelve men aged between 33 and 38 are due to appear in court on charges of sexually abusing 44 minors.

The sexual abuse offences include rape and indecent assault. The accused were also charged for supplying controlled drugs and false imprisonment.

Ajmal Rafiq (38) and Nabeel Kurshid (34) from Warwick St, Rotherham, Iqlak Yousaf (33) from Tooker Road, Rotherham, Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar (36) from East Rd, Rotherham, Tanweer Ali (36) from Godstone Rd, Rotherham, Aftab Hussain (38) from York Rd, Rotherham, Abid Saddiq (36) from Walter St, Rotherham, Sharaz Hussain (33) from Fitzwilliam Rd, Rotherham and Salah Ahmed El-Hakam (38) from Tudor Close, Sheffield have been charged with 39 offences following their arrest as part of the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood.

Mohammed Ashan (33), Masaeud Malik (33), Waseem Khaliq (33) – currently serving prison sentences at HMP Wymott, HMP Doncaster, and HMP Wealstun respectively – have been charged with five offences and remain in custody.

The arrested individuals have been accused of sexually abusing eight girls under the age of 16, over a five-year period from 1998 to 2003. They are scheduled to appear at Sheffield Magistrates Court on October 24, 2017.

Senior Investigating Officer, Paul Williamson said, “We have now charged 21 men with over 94 child sexual abuse offences and expect this number to increase as more victims come forward. Officers are investigating more than 80 suspects and with the support of partner agencies, are currently engaging with 235 victims.”

“Our focus is to bring lasting and worthwhile benefits for victims, helping to build better futures. We will listen to their accounts and investigate allegations made to identify and bring offenders to justice. This focus has not wavered and we, along with our partners will persist in our efforts to make Rotherham a hostile environment for child sex offenders”.

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