A member of the infamous Rochdale gang who cared for dozens of girls for sex has told a judge he should not be deported because his son needs a role model.
Adil Khan, 51, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 52, are due to be sent back to Pakistan for the sake of publicity after being convicted in May 2012.
Since being released from prison, they have launched a lengthy legal campaign to try to avoid being thrown out of Britain after their British citizenship was revoked.
The men claim it would be against their human rights to be deported.
At Khan’s last hearing on Wednesday, the judge asked how his son would be affected if he was sent back to Pakistan.
He said through an interpreter: “As you know, the father figure is very important in any culture in the world, to be a role model for the child, to tell him or her right and wrong.”
He added that his family would not want him back because his disgrace would be bad for their business.
Khan’s abuse included making a 13-year-old pregnant and using the threat of violence to pass on a 15-year-old to other men.
Father of five Qari Abdul Rauf also traded a 15-year-old girl for sex and drove her in his taxi to secluded areas and to an apartment where he and others would abuse her.
The gang of nine men operated for two years from 2008, using girls as young as 12 with alcohol and drugs and gang-raping them in various places, sometimes “pimping” them for money.
As many as 47 girls were abused, according to police. The girls who were groomed were often criminalized by the authorities and were in and out of court.
Their case was dramatized in the BBC program Three Girls, but there is still anger in Rochdale over the fact that none of the men have been deported.
The girl Khan reportedly became pregnant once came “face to face” with him and a child in Asdaand ran crying out of the store.
In April, Greater Manchester Police apologized to three victims in order not to protect them. The force admitted: “GMP could and should have done much more to protect you, and we failed you.”
Campaigners criticized the apology as being “10 years late” and said the girls had been treated with contempt.
A report also revealed this week that the leader of the Rochdale gang, Shabir Ahmed, had once been employed as Welfare Officer by Oldham Council despite several concerns against him.
Ahmed is serving a 22-year prison sentence.
Khan and Rauf’s hearing against their deportation was adjourned until Thursday.