Bristol child sex abuse ring
The Bristol child sex abuse ring was a group of 13 Somali men who committed sexual offences against underage teenage girls in Bristol, in southwestern England. In November 2014, they were convicted of offences including rape, paying a child for sex, causing or inciting child prostitution, sexual acts with children and sex trafficking.
The men abused and prostituted their victims across Bristol, using hotels, private houses, parks and public toilets. Some were drug-dealers selling heroin and cocaine, while others were described as "well-educated men with good prospects". As in similar sex-abuse cases in other parts of Britain, their victims were typically "vulnerable white girls" who were supposedly under local authority care. The gang coerced the girls into sex with small payments of money, gifts of drugs and alcohol, and by persuading them that having sex with many men was part of "Somali 'culture and tradition'".
In a police interview, Zakaria referred to two thirteen-year-old victims of one incident of abuse as "dirty slags" who knew that their function was to "suck dick and then fuck off". He had trafficked a "small 13-year-old girl" to a "sex party" in a hotel room in Bristol, where he raped her twice in what the trial judge, Julian Lambert, described as a "rough, callous and very nasty manner" and using "significant" force. Zakaria left the girl "totally humiliated and bleeding". The girl was then raped again by Jusuf Abdirazak, whom the judge described as acting "without humanity and with no pity whatsoever".
A total of thirteen men were convicted, their names, convictions and sentences are listed below.
|Liban "Leftback" Abdi aged 21||Paying for sexual services of a child, admitted supplying cocaine and heroin, admitted a separate charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm to a prison officer.||13 years and 8 months|
|Mustapha "Greens" Farah aged 20||Paying for sexual services of a child, admitted supplying her with heroin and cocaine.||13 years|
|Arafat "Left Eye" Osman aged 20||Paying for sexual services of a child, admitted supplying her with heroin and cocaine.||13 years|
|Idleh "Sniper" Osman aged 21||Facilitating child prostitution, admitted supplying heroin and cocaine.||10 years|
|Abdulahi "Trigger" Aden aged 20||Rape, possession of indecent pictures of a child, supplying heroin and cocaine.||13 years|
|Mustafa Deria aged 22||Rape||7 years and 6 months|
|Said "Target" Zakaria||Rape, supplying heroin and cocaine||11+5 years|
|Mohamed "Deeq" Jumale||Rape, sexual activity with a child, aiding and abetting Omar Jumale in sexual activity with a child.||10 years|
|Jusuf "Starns" Abdirizak||Rape||7.5 years|
|Sakariah "Zac" Sheik||Rape||4 years|
|Abdirashid "Abs" Abdulahi||Rape||4 years|
|Omar Jumale||Sexual activity with a child||2 years|
|Mohamed "Kamal" Dahir||Child prostitution||2 years|
Reaction in Bristol
The Guardian reported that the case had caused "huge concern" in Bristol and sent "shockwaves" through the close-knit Somali community there. Muna Abdi, chair of the Bristol Somali Forum, said that the offences were "evil acts ... utterly condemned" by the community. Hugh Sherriffe, regional director for the children's charity Barnardo's, said the case was the "tip of the iceberg" and that similar sexual abuse was still taking place in Bristol and across the rest of the country. Police in Bristol have active investigations under way into similar sex crimes committed by "49 other suspects" of "various communities and ethnic backgrounds".
Responding to the convictions, a local headteacher wrote in The Guardian's dedicated education section of how "[s]chools can't cope with the tide of child sexual exploitation". The headteacher expressed dismay at the way in which the perceived ethnicity of the offenders had harmed race relations in Bristol and described how it had been necessary to devote the month before the verdict to "redoubling our focus on combating racism". The headteacher noted how already "struggling" communities had been further demoralised by a "case on this scale" and spoke of feeling "dread" at "what else is out there".
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