Monday, October 12, 2015

Bad parenting made young white girls an easy target for 'grotesque' exploitation at the hands of Asian sex gangs, says Judge

  • Girl and a second victim were repeatedly raped on 'an almost daily basis' 
  • Six men guilty of grooming, drugging and abusing children in Aylesbury
  • Judge jails them for 82 years for targeting vulnerable white girls
  • He said: 'If they pursued Asian under-age girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community'
Poor parenting may have helped push vulnerable under-age white girls into the hands of Asian sex gangs, one of Britain's most senior judges has said. 

Judge John Bevan spoke out as he jailed six members of a paedophile ring for a total of 82 years for grooming and raping white girls because of their six year campaign of 'grotesque' abuse.

The men targeted vulnerable children in Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire for sex secured with 'the price of a McDonald's, a milkshake and a cinema ticket', the Old Bailey heard. 

Vikram Singh, Asif Hussain, Arshad Jani, Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan were jailed for between three years and 19-and-a-half years. 

Gang members: Today Vikram Singh, Asif Hussain and Arshad Jani (left to right) were jailed for abusing children in Aylesbury

Arshad Jani
Asif Hussain
Vikram Singh
Mohammed Imran
Akbari Khan
Taimoor Khan
Abusers: Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan (left to right) were each jailed for up to 19 years at the Old Bailey

Judge John Bevan said poor parental supervision of the children made the victims into easy targets.

Mr Justice Bevan added the men, of Indian and Pakistani descent, may have targeted white girls because 'if they pursued Asian girls they would have paid a heavy price in their community.' 

The abuse between from 2006 and 2012 included multiple rapes of a child under 13, child prostitution and administering a substance to 'stupefy' a girl in order to engage in sexual activity. 


After the sex gang was jailed today it emerged that one victim, known only as child B, is suing Buckinghamshire County Council for negligence resulting in the unnecessary suffering of the victims.
In a statement the woman, who had been in care, said that 'no sentence could ever put right what happened'.
But she said: 'It's an opportunity for all of us to say to the Government and to social services, whose job it is to protect vulnerable people, that it is time to sit down and listen to our experiences, and I mean actually listen and reflect on what is happening in this country.
'This would go a long way in helping them to be able to understand the problems that exist, to enable them to prevent things like this from happening to others in the future.'
Her solicitor Alan Collins added: 'It is without doubt that if social services had done more to protect the victims and spotted the crucial signs that something was wrong, we wouldn't be here today.
'However, the sentencing of these individuals does not make up for the failings. As a consequence, we will now be taking legal action against Buckinghamshire County Council for their negligence in this case which resulted in the unnecessary suffering of these victims.'
Javed Khan, chief executive of the charity Barnardo's which has supported the victims, said: 'These sentences send out an important message: abusers will pay for their actions. Their crimes have had a devastating impact on their victims.
'We will continue to work with Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire County Council and our other partners to stamp out this terrible crime, by raising awareness of the signs a child or young person is being sexually exploited, and supporting victims.'
Most of the offences related to child A, who was present in court to see the men who robbed her of her teenage years jailed.

In a statement, she told of her feelings of 'worthlessness' as she battled depression and alcohol addiction, adding: 'I feel my teenage years were taken away from me.'

Sentencing, judge John Bevan QC paid tribute to her bravery in laying bare her life 'warts and all' and said the way some of the defendants took advantage of her vulnerability was 'grotesque'.

He said: 'She sought friendship amongst Asian males in their 20s and for the price of a McDonald's, a milkshake and cinema ticket, she became 'liked' by stall holders in Aylesbury market, taxi and bus drivers.

'By the age of 13 she was sexually experienced, confusing sexual gratification for friendship and love.'

By the time she was 16, the girl had been abused by just under 70 men and her vulnerability should have been 'blindingly obvious', the judge said.

He went on: 'Why these defendants focused their attention on white under-age girls is unexplained but I have no doubt vulnerability played a substantial part in it.

'The combination of inadequate parenting leading to rebellious children lacking supervision provided an opportunity.

'If they pursued Asian under-age girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community.'

The two victims came from troubled backgrounds and wanted to feel grown-up when they were befriended by the men, who groomed them by showering them with inexpensive gifts such as alcohol, DVDs, food and occasionally drugs.

While aged just 12 or 13, child A was passed between some 60 mainly Asian men for sex after being conditioned into thinking it was normal behaviour, jurors were told.

The vast majority of the charges related to this child, while three charges related to girl B.

During the trial, prosecutor Oliver Saxby QC told the jury the youngsters were 'easy prey for a group of men wanting casual sexual gratification that was easy, regular and readily available'.

He said the girls' ideas of what was right had been 'completely distorted', and that they thought what was happening was 'normal' and 'natural'.

Many of the defendants were friends from the Aylesbury area. Some were married and had children, with some working on the market and a few working as taxi drivers.

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