Operation Sanctuary: Newcastle child sex network convicted – BBC News

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Image caption Left to right, row simply by row, starting top left: Eisa Mousavi, Mohammed Ali, Nashir Uddin, Monjur Choudhury, Taherul Alam, Habibur Rahim, Badrul Hussain, Carolann Gal., Saiful Islam, AbdulHamid Minoyee, Prabhat Nelli, Abdul Sabe, Jahanger Zaman, Nadeem Aslam, Mohammed Azram, Yassar Hussain, Redwan Siddquee, Mohibur Rahman

Eighteen people have been convicted associated with abusing girls in Newcastle who have been plied with alcohol and medicines before being forced to have sex.

The vulnerable sufferers, some as young as 14, were used by a “cynical organisation”, a courtroom heard.

The particular 17 men and one woman had been convicted of rape, supplying medications and conspiracy to incite prostitution.

Over the course of 4 trials, 20 young women gave proof covering a period from 2011 in order to 2014.

These studies involved 26 defendants, who were mainly Asian, facing a total of more than a hundred charges and 22 victims.

Those prosecuted were in the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities and primarily British-born, with most living in the particular West End of Newcastle.

Of the 26, three individuals have been jailed. The rest will be sentenced next month.

It also surfaced during the court process that police compensated a convicted child rapist ten, 000 as an informant .

The victims had been at first flattered by the attention from the men who apparently befriended all of them, but were then lured in order to parties, known as “sessions”, by the guarantee of alcohol and drugs — often mephedrone (or M-Kat), Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Bags of M-Kat had been left on coffee tables for the young ladies to help themselves.

The particular parties took place at premises round the West End, including the top ground of tower block Todd’s Corner, where one teenager said the girl was raped three times.

The prosecution said they grew to become the “vulnerable victims of an prepared, cynical, systematic organisation in which these were passed between their abusers. inch

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Media caption Operation Sanctuary was the greatest investigation into sexual exploitation simply by Northumbria Police

Some spoke to be “too intoxicated” to defend themselves, while some became addicted and had to use sexual acts in return for drugs.

One victim said the lady had attended about 60 events and another told of likely to an address where there were 2 older men and a woman, who appeared “frightened and scared, like a slave”.

She said: “They told us what she would perform for them for money and drugs or even she’d get battered. ”

Another victim said: “I knew that if we wanted medications or alcohol we would have to do some thing.

“[He] had us too drunk to fight him off. 1 time, [he] locked the doorway. I was told I would only end up being allowed out if I had sexual intercourse. ”

Northumbria Law enforcement set up Operation Sanctuary in December 2013 to investigate claims of sexual mistreatment against girls and young women.

The investigation is continuing and to date has resulted in 461 arrests. Police have spoken in order to 703 potential complainants and 278 victims have been identified.

Image caption The victims were abused from addresses around the West End associated with Newcastle

Due to its size, the investigation had been split into a number of spin-off operations.

Operation Shelter uncovered categories of men in the West End of Newcastle – many of whom were proven to each other – who exploited susceptible young women and girls over a time period from 2010 to 2014.

This eventually led to 4 separate trials, the first commencing within September 2015 and the final one that has just concluded, allowing previous confirming restrictions to be lifted.


Chris Knutson, BBC Inside Out in the North Eastern and Cumbria

Sarah (not her real name) was 19, extremely vulnerable plus unable to look after herself.

Along with other at-risk teenagers the girl was regularly abused by old men.

In the brand new year of 2014, Sarah informed the police she had been raped simply by Abdul Minoyee.

The police officer took Sarah on a visit of the West End to try recognize Minoyee’s house and car as well as other places where these “parties” acquired taken place.

Sarah’s information was a red flag – the particular abuse was on a much larger scale.

The investigator in charge of Sarah’s case told their bosses that what she acquired said signalled something much larger.

Days later the particular officer’s hunch was given added bodyweight when two girls in treatment reported that they had been repeatedly raped by a group of older Asian guys.

The girls had been aged 14 and 15.

They described being powered into Newcastle where they were plied with alcohol and cocaine just before being raped and beaten simply by several men.

They were given money before getting returned home.


One of the victims was in nearby authority care at the time. Newcastle Town Council has launched a serious situation review that is due to be released in December.

Authorities leader Nick Forbes said: “These were vile crimes committed simply by evil men.

“The victims… have been brave beyond perception and undoubtedly have made our town safer. ”

Main Constable Steve Ashman said: “We have not and will not stop.

“There has been simply no political correctness here. These are crooks and there has been no hesitation within arresting them and targeting all of them using all the means at our own disposal. ”

Since reporting restrictions can be lifted, it could be revealed that a police officer was sacked for failing to investigate a sexual intercourse offender’s phone.

This related to an earlier Operation Sanctuary analysis, which resulted in the conviction of Bahmani Ahmadi.

Mister Ashman said the officer must have been much more diligent, and that their dismissal should provide reassurance the fact that police culture in Northumbria got changed.


The 18 defendants plus their convictions

  • Prophet Azram, 35 of Croydon Street, convicted of conspiracy to stimulate prostitution, sexual assault, supplying medicines to a victim
  • Jahanghir Zaman, 43 of Hadrian Road, convicted associated with conspiracy to incite prostitution, rape, supplying drugs to a victim
  • Nashir Uddin, 35 of Joan Road, convicted of conspiracy to stimulate prostitution, supplying drugs to a target
  • Saiful Islam, 34 associated with Strathmore Crescent, convicted of rape. Jailed for 10 years
  • Mohammed Hassan Ali, 33 of Bentinck Road, convicted of sexual activity with a kid, supplying drugs to a victim. Jailed for seven years
  • Yasser Hussain, 27 of Canning Street, found guilty of beating, possession of medications. Jailed for two years
  • Abdul Sabe, 40 of Dean Home, convicted of conspiracy to stimulate prostitution, trafficking within the UK pertaining to sexual exploitation, drugs offences
  • Habibur Rahim, 34 of Kenilworth Street, convicted of causing or inciting prostitution, drugs, sexual assault, trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation
  • Badrul Hussain, 37 of Drybeck Court, convicted of drug accidents
  • Mohibur Rahman, 44 of Northcote Street, pleaded guilty to conspiracy theory to incite prostitution, supplying medicines to a victim
  • Abdulhamid Minoyee, thirty-three of Gainsborough Grove, convicted associated with rape, sexual assault, supply of medications
  • Carolann Gallon, 22 associated with Hareside Court, pleaded guilty in order to three counts of trafficking
  • Monjour Choudhury, 33 of Phillip Place, convicted of conspiracy in order to incite prostitution, supplying drugs to some victim
  • Prabhat Nelli, 33 associated with Sidney Grove, convicted of conspiracy theory to incite prostitution, supplying medications to a victim
  • Eisa Mousavi, 41 of Todds Nook, convicted associated with conspiracy to incite prostitution, rape, supplying drugs to a victim
  • Taherul Alam, 32 of Normanton Patio, convicted of conspiracy to stimulate prostitution, supplying drugs to a target, attempted sexual assault
  • Nadeem Aslam, 43 of Belle Grove Western, convicted of supplying drugs in order to victims
  • Redwan Siddquee, 32 associated with West Road, pleaded guilty in order to causing or inciting prostitution, provide or offering to supply a course B

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