Victim of grooming gang urges Priti Patel to kick abusers out of the country

Tuesday 06th April 2021 14:02 EDT

A victim of the Rochdale grooming gang has urged the Home Secretary to kick her abusers out of Britain after the 51-year-old ringleader was reportedly pictured stocking up on fizzy drinks in the town where he abused children nine years ago.  

Main victim of the grooming gang, said it was a disgrace the Government had failed to act and called for an explanation from the Home Secretary.

When the married father-of-five was released on licence in 2014 he was told he faced deportation to Pakistan because he holds a dual-nationality passport. But Rauf reportedly remains free to move around Rochdale - one of three former taxi drivers still fighting efforts to throw them out of the country. Previously one victim had revealed how she had “never been so scared in all my life” after bumping into her attacker in the town. Campaigners warn the continuing failure to deport them would continue to blight the lives of the girls, now in their twenties and thirties.

The main victim played by Molly Windsor in the BBC drama Three Girls, told the Sun, 'We were told they would be kicked out of the country. 

Nazir Afzal, who as Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England was instrumental to bringing the men to justice, said there could be “no reasonable excuse” for the continuing failure to throw the trio out of the country.  I feel enormous sympathy for the victims who are reliving the terrible trauma because of the lack of urgency on the part of the Home Office to carry out the deportation order. The message it sends to criminals is that they can move on with their lives while their victims continue to suffer.”

In a statement to Daily Mail, a Home Office spokesman said, “The cases of the foreign national offenders involved in these crimes have recently been reviewed at the request of the Home Secretary.”

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