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Oxford paedophile sex ring jailed for total of 95 years for 'depraved' abuse of vulnerable girls
27 Jun 2013 (DAILY MIRROR)

There were tears in the public gallery as four of the six victims were in court to see the predatory rapists jailed
A twisted child sex ring was labelled “true evil” by a judge today as he jailed them for a total of 95 years.
Five of the seven Asian gang members were given life sentences for raping vulnerable young girls before selling them to other perverts across the UK.

Their six victims, aged 11 to 16, were subjected to vile sexual torture and forced to have sex with up to 10 paedophiles in one night.
Sentencing the men at the Old Bailey, Judge Peter Rook QC said: “The offences involved the exploitation and abuse of young, highly vulnerable girls in the Oxford area over a long period of time.

“On occasions, the depravity was extreme. You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, underage and out of control.
“You subjected them to repeated abuse. This was a pattern that repeated itself over and over again.”
He added: “The parents were made to feel powerless when their child became entangled in true evil.”

Mohammed Karrar, 38, refused to sit in the dock to learn he must serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars.
His brother Bassam, 33, must spend a minimum 15 years in prison.
Kamar Jamil, 27, will serve at least 12 years, while Akhtar Dogar, 32, and his brother Anjum, 31, got life with a minimum of 17 years.
Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 28, were both given seven years, but will be released in half that time.

There were tears in the public gallery as four of the six victims were in court with their families to see the predatory rapists jailed.
The gang were left free to continue the abuse for eight years, despite warning signs and repeated attempts by the girls to report the abuse in Oxford.

Judge Rook added: “It is hoped that lessons will be learnt and the authorities now don’t hesitate to take action.”

During the five-month trial, the Old Bailey heard the girls had been left deeply traumatised by the abuse.
One was forced to have a backroom abortion at age 12 and another was told her brother would be burned alive in a house fire if she did not go along with their sick demands.

One witness claimed hundreds of other girls had been targeted by the gang. The young victims were plied with alcohol and heroin and cocaine and sold for sex.

Charities today slammed Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire county council for failing to stop the gang sooner.
Peter Wanless, chief executive of the NSPCC, said: “Today’s result will bring little relief to the young victims who may have suffered irrevocable damage.

"For them the story doesn’t end here and they will need years of support to rebuild their lives.
“Whilst we recognise the authorities in Oxford did eventually take effective and coordinated action, this took far too long.
"There was a systematic failure to stop the gang earlier and protect the girls who raised the alarm on several occasions.
“The trial revealed that staff knew one of the girls was being sexually groomed yet no immediate action was taken.
"We need a fundamental shift in how the system treats vulnerable young people with all carers acting as good parents would when children are at risk.”

Barnardo’s director of children’s services Sam Monaghan said: “What we have heard at the Old Bailey today is chilling. What the child victims suffered will be a life sentence for them.

“When sexually exploited children are so desperate to escape their ordeal that they consider committing suicide and are threatened with barbaric reprisals, we need to ask whether enough is being done to support them.”

The men were found guilty of 59 counts including rape and arranging child prostitution last month.
Senior Investigating Officer Simon Morton, who delayed his retirement to see the men behind bars, said: “The girls can now start to move on with their lives knowing the men that caused them so much pain are locked up.

“More than that, every victim around the country can see that justice does work.
"If you’ve suffered like these girls have, please come and tell us your story, we can help you.”

Muslim campaign group Together Against Grooming will hold events at 500 mosques across the UK tomorrow to highlight street grooming by Asian gangs.

Ansar Ali, spokesperson for the Group, said: “We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases and as Muslims we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime.

“This is the start of what will be a nationwide project in which we seek to work with others to eradicate this practice from all communities.”

Check out the original article at Mirror.co.uk
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/oxford-paedophile-sex-ring-jailed-2003621#ixzz2XV5xlT5U

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Oxford sex gang victim: ‘My appearance should have been sending alarm bells to police’
By Mark Molloy Friday 28 Jun 2013 (METRO)
 
In the dock: An artist’s sketch of the seven men jailed at the Old Bailey for their part in the grooming of young girls (Picture: Julia Quenzler)
A victim of a ‘depraved’ grooming gang convicted of raping and selling young girls for sex has questioned why police or the social services did nothing to help her.
  
Five members of the sadistic paedophile ring were jailed for life yesterday for abusing girls aged between 11 and 15.

One victim, who was groomed from the age of 12, said when she reported the abuse she was accused of wasting police time.

‘My behaviour and appearance should have been sending alarm bells,’ she said.

She added to the Mail: ‘They just thought they could do what they wanted with me, no matter how disgusting. It got to the point where I just went along with things.

‘Mentally I shut down and just did it.’

Mohammed Karrar was sentenced to a minimum of 20 years for a series of abuses, including giving one victim a backstreet abortion after making her pregnant at the age of 11.

The 38-year-old also got the girl addicted to heroin and pimped her out to friends, forcing her to have sex with at least three men a night.

His brother, 33-year-old Bassam, was jailed for 15 years, while siblings Akhtar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, received 17-year terms and Kamar Jamil, 27, faces 12 years behind bars.

On sentencing the men, a judge said police and social services missed ‘tell-tale signs of abuse’.
NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: ‘There was a systematic failure to stop the gang earlier and protect the girls who raised the alarm on several occasions.

‘We need a fundamental shift in how the system treats vulnerable young people with all carers acting as good parents would when children are at risk.’

Meanwhile, hundreds of mosques across Britain will today deliver sermons condemning street grooming by gangs.

Imams and religious leaders will address hundreds of thousands of Muslims to highlight how the Koran condemns all forms of sexual indecency.

It is part of a campaign organised by Together Against Grooming, a cross-community organisation set up to tackle street grooming, and will involve about 500 mosques.

Spokesman Ansar Ali said: ‘We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases and we feel a responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime.’

Sermons will also focus on the responsibility placed on Muslims to ensure they do all they can to safeguard children and vulnerable people in their communities.

Check out the original article at Metro.co.uk
http://metro.co.uk/2013/06/28/oxford-sex-gang-victim-my-appearance-should-have-been-sending-alarm-bells-to-police-3860258/

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Action on 'evil' sex grooming; SUPPORT: MUSLIM LEADERS BACK CAMPAIGN AGAINST EXPLOITATION
CIARAN FAGAN
28 June 2013
Leicester Mercury
 
Muslim community leaders in Leicester will today support a national campaign to denounce the evil of grooming and sexual exploitation of young women.
 
The campaign - Together Against Grooming - will see imams tackle the issue in their Friday sermons at about 500 mosques across the country.
 
It has been launched in the wake of a number of high-profile cases which involved Asian men sexually exploiting and abusing girls.
 
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, a Leicester imam and assistant general secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, said many mosques in Leicestershire would be supporting today's campaign. He said: "We have not had a chance to collect numbers, but the momentum has been growing for the past few days.
 
"Any imam worth his salt would always use Friday sermons to talk about evils and forms of criminality which are prevalent in society.
 
"The difference here is that, for the first time, we have gone out to ensure the same message is given out throughout the country on the same Friday.
 
"The hope is that the impact of this message will be felt nationwide. "At the same time, we are being careful to make the point that this is not a Muslim or racial issue.
 
"It is an evil which the whole of society has to tackle."
 
As well as mosques in towns and cities across the country, imams who work in prisons have also signed up to take part. Ansar Ali, spokesman for the campaign, said: "We have been horrified by the details that have emerged from recent court cases and, as Muslims, we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime. "Sexual grooming and child abuse afflicts all sections of society and is perpetrated by people of all ethnic groups.
 
"The campaign is unprecedented - we have brought togeth-er mosques and imams from all over the UK, irrespective of differences, to collectively deliver a hard-hitting sermon on a single issue.
 
"We are united in our stand against sexual grooming and are leading the effort to rid society of this crime."
 
Mr Ali said the campaign would continue beyond today's sermons.
 
He said: "This is the start of what will be a nationwide project in which we seek to work with others to eradicate this practice from all communities."
 
Northcliffe Newspapers Group Limited

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Muslim leaders condemn grooming
BBC.CO.UK

The sexual grooming of children is to be condemned by Muslim leaders across the UK when a sermon is read to thousands of worshippers.
Imams at about 500 mosques are expected to read the sermon to congregations during Friday prayers, organisers Together Against Grooming (TAG) said.

The sermon will highlight how the Koran emphasises that Muslims must protect children and the vulnerable, said TAG.

The sermon was supported by leading Muslim organisations, a spokesman said.

Ben Geoghegan reports
Check out the original article at bbc.co.uk
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23094505?post_id=36904541_10100577809642010#_=_

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Tackling grooming 'must not stop after one sermon'
Fri 28 Jun 2013 Together Against Grooming

Today is a historic day to stop child grooming, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation has said ahead of mosques delivering sermons to hundreds of thousands of Muslims today, condemning street grooming by gangs.

Mr. Mohammed Shafiq said: "Today in hundreds of mosques across the United Kingdom Imams will deliver a sermon setting out to tackle this menace and what needs to be done.

"When I first spoke out in 2006 I was all alone, it has been a difficult journey with death threats, ridicule and personal attacks but it has all been worth it. Then the Ramadhan Foundation was on its own campaigning and now there are hundreds of Imams taking their place.

"I applaud all the Imams and the 'Together against Grooming' campaign but our work must not stop after one sermon".

Check out the original article at itv.com
http://www.itv.com/news/topic/together-against-grooming/

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Muslims across Britain hear anti-grooming sermon
The Independent

500 Imams will deliver the unprecedented address following several abuse cases involving Muslim men
Imams across Britain will today deliver a sermon denouncing the practice of grooming following a series of sexual abuse cases involving Muslims.

The religious speech, which will be read out in 500 mosques, opens with a reading from the Koran that prohibits “sexual indecency, wickedness and oppression of others” and continues to urge congregations to report suspected cases of child abuse.

It is reportedly the first time a single sermon will be delivered in unison across the UK and is organised by campaign group Together Against Grooming with the support of the Muslim Council and Islamic Society of Britain.

The effort comes after the convictions of Muslim men in a string of cases including those in Rochdale, Derby and Oxford, where five men were yesterday sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in a sex abuse gang.

Speaking at their sentencing, Judge Peter Rook told them they committed “exceptionally grave crimes” against girls and that demonstrated “extreme depravity”.
“You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, under-age and out of control,” he said.

Ansar Ali, spokesperson for Together Against Grooming, said the group was horrified by recent court cases, adding: “As Muslims, we feel a natural responsibility to condemn and tackle this crime.

"This is the start of what will be a nationwide project in which we seek to work with others to eradicate this practice from all communities."

The sermon’s author, Alyas Karmani, an imam and youth worker in Keighley, West Yorkshire, told the BBC there was a "profound disrespect culture" in the treatment of women.

"Access to pornography, which also objectifies women, is creating a culture where men are now ambiguous when it comes to the issue of violence against women," he said.

Others involved in the sermon’s broadcast at midday prayers today have been keen to ensure sexual abuse is not disproportionately linked to Asian Muslim men.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, an imam and scholar who will deliver the speech at a mosque in Leicester, told The Guardian: "This is an abhorrent issue that spares no race, religion, as perpetrators or victims. We are not required to do this; it is our religious and civic duty. The Koran calls on us to speak out against injustice."

"It is important to do it this way to have a national impact throughout many congregations. We hope to create a debate."

Check out the original article at independant.co.uk
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/muslims-across-britain-hear-antigrooming-sermon-8678412.html

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UK mosques giving anti-grooming sermons in response to sex abuse cases
By Associated Press,
 
LONDON — Some 500 UK mosques are planning sermons condemning the sexual abuse of children, following the sentencing of seven men of South Asian origin convicted of a series of crimes against underage girls.

The effort organized by the group Together Against Grooming means that the message was being delivered at Friday prayers at participating mosques.

The anti-grooming group wants imams to stress that the Quran rules out all forms of sexual abuse and that Muslims have a responsibility to protect children and other vulnerable people.

Spokesman Ansar Ali says it is unprecedented for Islamic leaders throughout Britain to band together to deliver a collective message on the same day. A number of prominent Muslim groups in Britain have endorsed the new group.

Check out the original article at foxnews.com
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/06/28/uk-mosques-giving-anti-grooming-sermons-in-response-to-sex-abuse-cases/

Check out the original article at washingtonpost.com
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/uk-mosques-giving-anti-grooming-sermons-in-response-to-sex-abuse-cases/2013/06/28/59e545a4-dfe0-11e2-8cf3-35c1113cfcc5_story.html

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Khutba Against Grooming: 28th June 2013

We are embarking on a campaign to ask all mosques in the UK to devote the sermon for the Friday Prayers on 28 June 2013 to the issue of grooming. We are aiming for several hundred mosques to send the same message on a single day and believe that that would have a powerful impact on the Muslim community and we would go a long way to raising awareness about this issue.
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