Muslim Grooming Gangs: 32 men charged with almost 200 sexual exploitation offences against 8 girls as young as 13 in West Yorkshire

    11-Dec-2020   
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Police probing an alleged grooming gang have charged 32 men with almost 200 offences against girls as young as 13.
 
The alleged offences date from 1999 to 2012 against eight girls in Kirklees, Bradford and Wakefield.
 
Police say the men are charged with a number of offences - including rape, sexual activity with a child, trafficking and false imprisonment.
 
There are 196 counts among the defendants in total against eight girls aged between 13 and 16.
 
The defendants, aged between 31 and 50, are due to appear at Kirklees Magistrates Court on either December 11 or 14.
 
They were held by cops probing non-recent child sexual exploitation in parts of West Yorkshire as part of Operation Tourway.
 
Cops say some of the victims were also subjected to offences when they were young adults.
 
Among those held by cops are 50-year-old Asif Ali, who is charged with 12 rape offences and Zafar Qayum, 41, who is charged with 17.
 
Irfan Khan, 34, is charged with threats to kill and false imprisonment.
 
West Yorkshire Police said: "Thirty two men, largely from the Kirklees area, have been charged with a variety of offences as part of Operation Tourway, an investigation into non-recent child sexual exploitation in parts of West Yorkshire.
 
"The allegations against the defendants are from 1999 to 2012 and involve offences committed against eight female victims, who were aged between 13 and 16 years old at the time of the alleged offences.
 
"Some of the victims were also subjected to offences when they were young adults.
 
"Locations in which the alleged offending took place include parts of Kirklees, Bradford and Wakefield."
 
(Courtesy: The Sun)