A taxi driver who raped two children in Rotherham two decades ago has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Adam Ali, 43, was arrested and convicted as part of the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood, the major investigation examining allegations of child sexual abuse in the South Yorkshire town.


Ali was known as Razwan Razaq at the time he raped the girls between 2002 and 2004.

Prosecutors said he used his car to drive vulnerable young girls to various locations where he assaulted them.

Adam AliAli was known as Razwan Razaq at the time he raped the girls between 2002 and 2004Police handout

He was convicted of three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault involving girls aged as young as 12 and 13 following a trial in May this year.

Ali was released from prison in April 2023 after serving an 11 year jail term for separate sexual offences.

He was re-arrested just a month after his release after officers were notified that he intended to travel to Pakistan.

The judge at Sheffield Crown Court has now sentenced him to a further 13 years in prison.

He will also be subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for a further 15 years after his release.

The National Crime Agency’s Senior Investigating Officer, Stuart Cobb, said:

“I would once again like to pay tribute to the victims in this case, who showed immense courage in coming forward and telling their stories.

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“They went through experiences no child should ever have to, and I hope that the sentence handed down can at least help them feel that justice has been done.

“Operation Stovewood continues, and we are determined to do all we can to protect victims and bring offenders before the courts.”

Operation Stovewood remains the single biggest investigation of its kind, looking at allegations of abuse in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

The NCA said its officers had identified more than 1,100 victims, made more than 200 arrests and secured 34 convictions.

More than 50 active investigations remain ongoing.

Liz Fell, Specialist Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service said:

“Adam Ali purposefully targeted his victims with the view that he could exploit them for sex.

“Child sexual abuse is a traumatising crime, the devastating impact of which can last a lifetime.

“We would like to commend the victims in this case for coming forward and reporting what happened to them.

“It is because of their evidence that we were able to secure a conviction and bring their abuser to justice.

“I hope this conviction sends a clear message that the CPS, working alongside law enforcement, will relentlessly pursue justice and prosecute those who sexually exploit children, whenever that abuse takes place.

Prosecutors and the police are urging any other victims of child sexual abuse and sexual violence to come forward and report those crimes.