A victim of the Rochdale child sex grooming gang has said her heart ‘stopped beating’ when she saw her abuser in an Asda supermarket.
The woman, who is entitled to anonymity for legal reasons, was still a school girl when she was abused by Adil Khan, 50. He started a relationship with her and got her pregnant shortly after she turned 13.
He was jailed for eight years in 2012 before being released in 2016. In 2018 he lost an appeal against his deportation to Pakistan.
The woman phoned former Greater Manchester Police detective Maggie Oliver, who worked on the initial investigation into grooming gangs in Rochdale. She later resigned after feeling the girls had been let down and then became a campaigner and whistleblower for the victims.
Ms Oliver told Manchester Evening News the woman had come ‘face to face’ with Khan, telling her she had ‘never been so scared’ in her life. She continued: ‘He had a seven or eight-year-old child with him. How can he have a child in his care?
‘She just left her trolley and ran out in tears and called me. The question is why are they still here? Why are they back in Rochdale?
‘What about the rights of the children they abused? It really is outrageous.’
The victim, who was represented by the character ‘Ruby’ in the BBC drama Three Girls, is said to be angry that Khan and two other members of the gang are still in the UK.
Khan, a former taxi driver, started a relationship with her just weeks after his wife gave birth to their first child, and also trafficked a another girl, 15, to other abusers while using violence against her when she complained.
He was convicted of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.
Having dual nationality, he was told he would be deported to Pakistan after his British citizenship was evoked. However, he still remains in the UK and is believed to be living in Rochdale, along with two Qari Abdul Rauf and Abdul Aziz.
Both Rauf and Aziz are also among the nine men jailed in 2012 for crimes including rape and trafficking of girls in Rochdale.