Nine men who were found guilty of a range of sexual offences against two young and vulnerable victims have been sentenced to a total of more than 132 years today.
The abuse began at the hands of Basharat Khaliq, 38, in 2008 when both girls were aged only 14 and had recently been placed in a children’s home run by Bradford Metropolitan District Council. He went on to exploit one of the victims for a further three years.
Meanwhile the other victim was groomed and exploited by numerous men; including the other eight defendants who have been convicted today. She was given alcohol and drugs which led to addiction and she was passed from one man to another.
The jury at Bradford Crown Court heard the abuse of these vulnerable victims continued after they left the care system and began living independently.
The abuse came to light when one of the victims was interviewed by police in connection with another investigation into child sexual exploitation.
Paula Craven from the CPS said:
“These two girls were deliberately targeted because of their vulnerability. Sadly, the exploitation followed a pattern which is all-too familiar in cases of this kind.
“These victims suffered an appalling catalogue of degrading emotional and sexual abuse which has deprived them of their childhood.
“Sexual exploitation impacts on victims in many different ways. It feeds on vulnerability and eats into trust and feelings of self-worth. It changes lives forever.
“Their abusers have now been brought to justice and I hope the verdicts delivered today can go some way to helping them go forward with their lives. Our thoughts remain with them.”
They were sentenced at Bradford Crown Court today (27 February) to a total of 132½ years in prison:
- Basharat Khaliq – 20 years
- Saeed Akhtar – 20 years
- Naveed Aktar – 17 years
- Parvase Ahmed – 17 years
- Izar Hussain – 16 years
- Kieran Harris – 17 years
- Fahim Iqbal – 7 years
- Mohammed Usman – 17 years
- Zeeshan Ali – 18 months