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The Sexual Offences Act 2003 updated the law, much of which dated back to 1956.

The main provisions of the Act include the following:

  • Rape is widened to include oral penetration
  • Significant changes to the issue of consent
  • Specific offences relating to children under 13, 16 and 18
  • Offences to protect vulnerable persons with a mental disorder
  • Other miscellaneous offences
  • Strengthening the notification requirements and providing new civil preventative orders

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Five convicted of multiple child sex crimes in Rotherham


Five people have today been convicted at Sheffield Crown Court of multiple counts relating to the sexual exploitation of 15 victims in Rotherham over a period of 16 years.

The three men, Arshid Hussain, his brother Basharat Hussain and their uncle Qurban Ali, and two women, Shelley Davies and Karen Macgregor, were convicted following an 11 week trial. They will be sentenced on Friday 26th February.

The fourth man, Bannaras Hussain, entered guilty pleas on the first day of the trial to six counts of indecent assault, one count of rape, one count of aiding and abetting rape, one count of assault and one count of procuring a girl to become a prostitute.

The 15 victims were aged between 11 and 21 at the time, and the offences were committed between 1987 and 2003.

Peter Mann, Head of the Complex Casework Unit, Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) Yorkshire and Humberside, said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with South Yorkshire Police throughout this complex and lengthy investigation to build a strong case and secure justice for the victims.

"These defendants, in their differing ways, targeted these teenage girls because they were vulnerable and then facilitated their systematic sexual abuse. The abusers then groomed and sexualised their victims; often subjecting them to acts of a degrading and violent nature. They were mocked and spat at. Some of the violence was extreme and protracted.

"Arshid Hussain, in particular, played a key role. He was domineering and in some instances brutal in his treatment of girls. He used them for his own gratification, then often prostituted them or passed them on to his brothers or associates. He was assisted in differing ways by the other defendants, each willingly engaging in exploitative behaviour and using the girls to their own ends.

"The physical and psychological suffering these girls have endured is unthinkable. Their trauma is only matched in scale by the extraordinary courage they have displayed in coming forward to report their abuse and give evidence in this trial so that their abusers can at last be accorded the punishment they deserve.

"These men's actions, and those of the women who facilitated them, are utterly abhorrent. Such depravity has no place in our society. The CPS will continue to work closely with the police to prosecute these complex cases."

Sajid Bostan and Majid Bostan were found not guilty.


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