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Defendants in Rochdale grooming trial

Nine Asian men who “groomed” white girls, some as young as 13, have been found guilty of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring.

Two others accused of being part of this ring – Qamar Shazad and Liaquat Shah both of Rochdale – were acquitted and walked free from court.

All came from Rochdale and Oldham, with eight of the men being from Pakistan and one from Afghanistan.

The case which was heard at Liverpool Crown Court had sparked protests from far-right groups.

The men – aged between 24 and 59 –  had plied their victims with drink and drugs so they could “pass them around” and use them for sex.

The court was told that the abuse, which began in 2008, had taken place at two takeaways in Heywood, Rochdale.

Some of the girls were beaten and forced to have sex with “several men in a day, several times a week”

One teenager told the jury she was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night.

Another recalled being raped by two men while she was “so drunk she was vomiting over the side of the bed”.

Police said the victims were from “chaotic”, “council estate” backgrounds. The girls were targeted in “honeypot locations” where young people were seen to congregate, such as outside takeaways.

All those convicted were found guilty of conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with girls under the age of 16.

A 59-year-old Oldham man – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was convicted of two rapes, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and trafficking for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The men accused and pictured above are:

Kabeer Hassan, 25, of Lacrosse Avenue, Oldham, who was convicted of one count of rape.

Abdul Aziz, 41, of Armstrong Hurst Close, Rochdale,  convicted of trafficking for sexual exploitation but cleared of one charge of rape.

Abdul Rauf, 43, of Darley Road and Adil Khan, 42, of Oswald Street, both of Rochdale,  convicted of trafficking a child within the UK for sexual exploitation.

Mohammed Sajid, 35, of Jephys Street, Rochdale, convicted of one count of rape, sexual activity with a girl under 16 and trafficking for sexual exploitation but not guilty of a second charge of rape.

Mohammed Amin, 45, of Falinge Road, Falinge, convicted of sexual assault.

Hamid Safi, 22, of Tweedale Street, Rochdale, convicted of trafficking girls for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

Abdul Qayyum, 44, of Ramsay Street, Rochdale, convicted of the conspiracy charge.

Qamar Shahzad, 30, of Tweedale Street, Rochdale was found not guilty of conspiracy and acquitted.

Liaqat Shah, 42, of Kensington Street, Rochdale, was cleared of two charges of rape and the jury were unable to reach a verdict on the conspiracy allegation.