Four men have been jailed for over 37 years for a range of serious sexual offences as part of Operation Doublet - an investigation into child sexual exploitation, mainly in Rochdale.They were convicted after a trial at Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court.
Mohammed Ishaque 56 , of Denton Street, Rochdale, pleaded guilty to inciting a child to engage in prostitution. He was sentenced to eleven years in prison.
Gul Zaman, 44, of HMP Manchester, was found guilty of rape and inciting a child into prostitution. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.
Irshad Wani 39, of Whitworth Road, Rochdale was found guilty of seven counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of child grooming. He was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Shohaib Shabbir, 28, of Copster Hill Road, Oldham, pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual activity with a child. He was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The convictions relate to offences committed against two victims who were aged between 15 and 16 at the time of the abuse. The abuse happened between 2004 and 2008.
A wide ranging campaign has been launched to fight child exploitation in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester Police, health organisations, the ten local authorities and the voluntary sector are working together to target perpetrators and to educate young people and their carers on the warning signs of child sexual exploitation and how to get help. A new website has been launched – www.itsnotokay.co.uk – which contains information for children, young people, parents, carers and professionals on how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation and what to do about it. It follows a week of action across Greater Manchester to tackle child sex exploitation; a week which consisted of education and empowerment of young people, but also the detection and disruption of CSE-related activity. This saw 19 arrests made in seven days. Officers have been carrying out high visibility patrols across the force area to warn children of the dangers of sexual exploitation. They also identified vulnerable youngsters who were then taken to their home or a place of safety.
Police across Greater Manchester have arrested nineteen people as part of a crackdown on child sexual exploitation.
The Manchester Evening News report two men are being held on suspicion of rape after they were found in a house with a missing 15-year-old girl.
The arrests came during a week-long investigation in each of the 10 districts targeting those suspected of grooming young people. Officers visited schools and hot spot areas like takeaways as well as speaking to officials about raising awareness to spot warning signs.
Police are working with councils, hotels, the NHS and drama groups to launch the: ‘It’s Not Okay’ campaign. The aim is to protect children at risk. One officer told Granada 'many children don't know they're victims.'
Police in Greater Manchester have made 19 arrests as part of a week long crackdown on child sexual exploitation. Teams have been put in place to deal with the issue in each of the ten districts. The campaign includes school visits to warn children about internet grooming and patrols of high risk areas like takeaways. Det Insp Deborah Oakes from Greater Manchester Police says it can be difficult because "many children don't know they are victims."
Parents in Cumbria are being urged to learn how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
A conference will take place onThursday to raise awareness of CSE among professionals working with children as well as providing key information and advice to members of the public.
Police say increasingly children are on social media sites and applications, often unsupervised and can cause problems like indecent images of children/young people being circulated, to online grooming.
What are the signs you need to know?
- Repeatedly going missing – particularly overnight
- Coming home with unaccounted gifts, i.e. clothes, money, food.
- Excessive and secret use of internet and /or mobile phone
- Alcohol/Substance misuse/unexplained injuries
- Losing contact with family and friends of their own age
- What makes a child more at risk?
- If they come from a chaotic or household/history of domestic abuse or neglect
- A lack of friends in the same age group/low self esteem
- Confused about sexuality
- Learning disabilities
- Have suffered a recent bereavement or loss
- Tips for online safety:
- Talk to your child regularly about their experiences, both online and offline
- Know what connects to the internet and how
- Set boundaries. Treat the online world as you would the ‘real’ world
- Stay up-to-date. Ask about your child’s new gadgets, apps and websites
An independent report into the child sex scandal in Rochdale, says youth protection workers let down victims. A gang of nine men were convicted of grooming offences last year. The town's council failed vulnerable youngsters. Rochdale Council has apologised.
An independent report into the child sex scandal in Rochdale, has found youth protection workers let down victims.
It follows the conviction of nine men from Rochdale and Oldham for grooming offences.
The council says it has been looking at improving its internal processes and procedures.
A new campaign video has been launched aimed at warning young people of the potential dangers they face on-line.
The video, produced by the Child Exploitation and On-Line Protection Centre (CEOP), was shown to pupils at a school in Liverpool.