i’m still mad as h*ll about this. incensed is the word, although that doesn’t describe it by half.
and what’s really bothering me is that this scandal — the sexual abuse of underage white girls by pakistani men in rotherham, and the subsequent and presumably ongoing cover up of that abuse by politicians, the police and social services, and obviously now the media — doesn’t seem to be much of a scandal in the british media. the press over there seem more concerned with one girl who ran off with her school teacher (he’s white) than the hundreds (or
potentially thousands) of abused girls who were overlooked by too many in authority whose job it was to help such girls. right now there’s something like 1250 stories about the runaway couple on google.co.uk news, whereas i count ca. 90 stories about the rotherham scandal. unbelievable.
so, here are some more details on the case, originally from the times uk [behind a paywall], but lifted from rotherham politics:
“Town where girls were betrayed — first by groomers, then by the police”
“More than 200 confidential documents seen by The Times offer damning evidence of an institutional failure to tackle an epidemic of organised sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
“Similar crime networks have flourished during the past ten years across the North and Midlands, from Bradford, Birmingham and Blackburn to Derby, Manchester and Rochdale.
“A common pattern was that the men turning the abuse of young teenage girls into a collective activity were predominantly from a small sub-section of British Pakistani society….
“As long ago as 1996, a social services investigation uncovered concerns that girls were being coerced into ‘child prostitution’ by a small group of men who regularly collected them from residential care homes. Two years later, 70 girls from the town were said to be involved.
“The findings led to a one-year, Home-Office funded research project on the ‘detection, investigation and prosecution of offenders involved in sexual exploitation in Rotherham’….
“The project’s report was never published. It included ten case studies, all of them white British girls, and found that the men linked to the majority of the girls were members of one Asian family‘. ["asian" here means south asian. - h.chick] …
“There was ‘a great deal of data concerning the activities of these men’ yet none was charged with any sex offence. The report was written ten years ago. It should have acted as a wake-up call but for the next seven years nothing changed….
“Groups of young and older men, most of Pakistani heritage but also Iraqi Kurds and Kosovans, were operating in different areas of the town, known to police and social services yet seemingly immune from prosecution….
“A few miles away in Sheffield, South Yorkshire Police launched an investigation in 2007 into a network of Iraqi men aged 20 to 45 who were targeting girls in residential care. The youngest victim was 12. Convictions, prison sentences and deportations followed. [as they should have! - h.chick] An internal police report noted: ‘The offenders were well organised. Girls were approached and groomed by the men, coming to think of them as boyfriends.
“‘Once relationships were cemented, the situation changed. The offenders used violence to control the girls, who were then trafficked around the country, forced to have sex with other Iraqi men and used as prostitutes….’
“A July 2010 independent review for Rotherham’s safeguarding children board, which was not made public, described the Operation Central offences as ‘child exploitation at the top end of seriousness….’
“It was a hard-hitting report in all but one respect. Issues of ethnicity and culture remained taboo.
“‘Although the alleged perpetrators are of Asian origin and the victims are white, this is the factuality of these cases alone; nothing more can be drawn from that. It is imperative that suggestions/allusions of a wider cultural phenomenon are avoided. These assertions are without foundation.’ In reality, ten years of case files and intelligence reports had built the most solid of foundations for such an assertion.
“Within six months, a confidential internal report from South Yorkshire Police’s intelligence bureau, Child Sexual Exploitation — A strategic Problem Profile, gave further evidence of an escalating crisis….
“As of late 2010, up to 300 children were actively being sexually exploited in the country. Because most suffered ‘multiple criminal offences’, the force was ‘in all likelihood looking at the number of offences resulting from CSE [child sexual exploitation] reaching the thousands each year’….
“On the thorny issue of ethnicity, the report’s message was stark. ‘Practitioners throughout the force state there is a problem with networks of Asian offenders both locally and nationally. This was particularly stressed in Sheffield, and even more so in Rotherham where there appears to be a significant problem with networks of Asian males exploiting young white females. Doncaster reported a similar problem with Iraqi Kurd offenders, as did Sheffield.’
“Victims were ‘almost exclusively white or black’, with ‘very few’ Asian girls identified. ‘Work should be undertaken to explore why Asian and Iraqi males are over-represented as offenders,’ the report recommended.”
some examples of the abuse and the lack of help by the authorities:
“Police went to a house outside which a father was demanding the release of his daughter, who was inside with a group of British Pakistani adults. Officers found the girl, 14, who had been drugged, under a bed. The father and his daughter were arrested for racial harassment and assault respectively. Police left, leaving three men at the house with two more girls….
“One young girl was doused in petrol as a threat against reporting sexual offences….
“Girls in Leeds also know the main perpetrators. They start grooming girls as young as 12 and are pimping them by age 13 or 14. Rape, multiple rapes and gang rape are often part of the grooming process. They have been operating for years. People in the community are too frightened to speak out. They do not talk about them within their own cultural community….
“One girl, 15, spent days in hospital after a broken bottle was allegedly forced inside her by two young British Pakistani men in a park, causing her to bleed extensively…..
“A 13-year-old girl was found at 3am with disrupted clothing in a house with a large group of Asian men who had fed her vodka. A neighbour reported the girl’s screams. Police arrested the child for being drunk and disorderly but did not question the men….
“A specialist project’s intelligence report for police identified 61 girls — 59 white, two Asian — linked to sexual exploitation by three brothers from another British Pakistani family. It named 41 associates of the brothers who allegedly used girls for sex….
“[O]ne young white girl, known by social services to have been sexually abused by Asian men from the age of 12, was offered language lessons in Urdu and Punjabi by Rotherham council. The aim was ‘to engage’ her in education….”
previously: diversity über alles and sex and “the other”
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