Charges in child sex probe

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Eight men charged by police over Rochdale ‘child prostitution’ ring

EIGHT men have been charged as part of an ongoing investigation into child sexual exploitation.

The men are among 26 men arrested over a period of several months in relation to the sexual exploitation of teenage girls by men since 2008.

The charged men are:

Abdul Rauf, 42, of Darley Road, Rochdale, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16, sexual activity, paying for the sexual services of a child, trafficking a child within the UK.


Mohammed Ikhlaq, 41, of Cloverhall Crescent, Rochdale, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16.


Adil Khan, 41, of Oswald Street, Rochdale, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16, two offences of sexual activity, trafficking a child within the UK.


Liaquat Shah, 41, of Kensington Street, Rochdale, was charged with conspiracy to commit penetrative sexual activity with girls under 16 and two counts of rape.


Mohammed Sajid, 34, of Jepheys Street, Rochdale, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with a girl under 16, three offences of sexual activity and attempted to pay for the sexual services of a child.


Qamar Shahzad, 29, of Tweedale Street, Freehold, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16 and rape.


Mohammed Amin, 44, of Falinge Road, Falinge, was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16, sexual assault and sexual activity.


Abdul Aziz, 40, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale, was charged with

conspiracy to commit sexual activity with girls under 16, trafficking girls, rape and controlling child prostitution.


All eight were due to appear before Rochdale Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 8 June.

Hamid Safi, 21, of Kensington Street, Rochdale, failed to answer bail and is now wanted by police.

Three men aged between 34 and 43, answered bail yesterday and were re-bailed to later dates.

A further five men are due to answer bail on 21 June 2011. Five men have been released without charge while three other men are not on bail. One man is now being dealt with by the UK Borders Agency.

The inquiry has been led by Greater Manchester Police’s Public Protection Division, assisted by the Major Incident Team and Rochdale division, and focuses on allegations that four teenage victims in Rochdale were sexually exploited over a period of time.

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