32 men charged with almost 200 sexual exploitation offences against 8 girls as young as 13

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32 men charged with almost 200 sexual exploitation offences against 8 girls as young as 13

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Police have charged an alleged grooming gang of 32 men with almost 200 offences against girls as young as 13.

 

According to police, the alleged offences date from 1999 to 2012 against eight girls in Kirklees, Bradford and Wakefield, all in the UK.

Police say offences include 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.

Police say some of the victims were also subjected to offences when they were young adults.

Among those held by the police 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 in a statement: “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.”




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