Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has appealed for more victims of Rotherham’s notorious grooming gangs to make themselves known to investigators.
For more than fifteen years, gangs comprising men of primarily Pakistani extraction abused local white, mostly working-class girls, while local authorities and South Yorkshire Police turned a blind eye. A 2014 independent report by former Chief Social Work Inspector Alexis Jay found that by a “conservative estimate”, 1,400 children as young as 11 were sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
The report shocked the nation – although perhaps not so much in Rotherham itself. One girl told the report’s authors that “‘gang rape’ was a usual part of growing up in the area of Rotherham in which she lived”. Many of these children had been violently and repeatedly raped by multiple men and trafficked around Northern England. They and their families have also been threatened and intimidated to prevent them from telling anyone.
On multiple occasions when the police did take action, it was to arrest the girls’ fathers who had tracked them down and were attempting to remove them from the premises where they were being abused or even the girls themselves who had become drunk and disorderly, having been plied with alcohol by their abusers.
Now, at least twenty-five years too late, the NCA has identified more than 1,000 victims in Rotherham and want more to come forward. Although in 2010 a token five men – Razwan Razaq, Umar Razaq, Zafran Ramzan, Mohsin Khan and Adil Hussain – were convicted of sexual activity with a child and sentenced to between four and eleven years in prison, given the scale of the rapes (many victims had been brutalised dozens of times by large numbers of abusers), it is clear that the problem extended far beyond these five individuals.
Of course, this NCA investigation should be welcomed, but only time will tell if the NCA investigation will finally deliver justice for the hundreds of girls brutalised by these gangs and bring more abusers to trial. Even if they do, the NCA will have addressed only the tip of the iceberg in a case which is just the most high-profile of many involving gangs with similar backgrounds, whose activities have come to light in recent years, often in the wake of years of inaction by the police and local authorities.
To name just the more high-profile cases, recent years saw the conviction of members of other grooming gangs who had been active in Bradford, Derby, Halifax, Manchester, Norwich, Oxford, Rochdale and Telford.
Whatever the outcome of the investigation, the outright refusal on the part of the liberal elites to consider any cultural, religious or racial motivation for these crimes is unlikely to change, despite the profiles of the perpetrators and victims.
Nor is it likely to spare anyone who does ask such politically inconvenient questions from accusations of bigotry, racism and Islamophobia.
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