Report details how Muslim men have been gang-raping more than 1,400 English girls in just ONE TOWN in the UK for at least 16 years.
by, Martin Evans and Gordon Rayner | The Telegraph
When in 2010 five
Asian [Muslim] men from Rotherham were jailed for grooming teenage girls for sex, it was regarded as a feather in the cap for South Yorkshire Police and the local social services which had doggedly pursued the prosecution.
Sentencing Adil Hussain, Razwan Razaq, Mohsin Khan, Umar Razaq, and Zafran Ramzan, the judge described them as “dangerous sexual predators” and said Rotherham would be a safer place for youngsters with them off the streets.
But Tuesday’s damning report into sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town revealed in stark and horrifying detail how their appalling crimes were merely the tip of the iceberg.
For at least 16-years gangs of mainly
Asian [Muslim] men were able to target, groom and abuse girls as young as 11, with little to fear from the authorities.
In her 153 page report, Professor Alexis Jay, the former chief inspector of social work in Scotland, cataloged a series of appalling incidents in which children were gang raped, beaten, threatened and then dismissed and ignored by those who ought to have been protecting them.
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Doused in Petrol
In one of the most shocking cases highlighted in the report, Professor Jay described how in 2001 a 15-year-old girl was doused in petrol by her abuser who threatened to set her alight.
The teenager had been groomed by an older man who trafficked her from Rotherham to Leeds and Bradford where she was forced into having sex.
When social services attempted to intervene the girl was threatened and beaten by her abuser in order to warn her off identifying him
She was later stalked by him, doused in petrol and warned that she would be burned alive if she told the police anything. She made several attempts on her own life and eventually ended up homeless.
No action was taken against her abuser.
Part of growing up
The report also described how social workers and council chiefs were quick to dismiss the concerns of parents who were attempting to protect their children.
In one case in 2002 a mother contacted social services to voice concerns that her 14-year-old daughter was going missing regularly and was being plied with drink by older males.
Her mother said she was worried that her daughter had become sexually active with members of the group.
But despite showing signs that she had been sexually exploited from the age of 11, the case was closed and the social worker’s assessment was that the mother was unable to accept the fact that her daughter was growing up.
While the police often failed to take action against the abusers, there were cases where concerned parents were arrested for trying to protect their own children.
The report identified two separate cases where fathers who had tracked their daughters down and were trying to remove them from houses where they were being abused, were themselves arrested.
Victim’s sister threatened.
In 2001 a young girl who had been repeatedly raped escaped from her abuser’s clutches.
In order to send a message to her, the perpetrators smashed all the windows at her parents’ home before attacking her brother and breaking his legs.
At that point the teenager agreed to make a complaint to the police. However when she arrived at the police station she received a text message from her abuser telling her that he had her 11-year-old sister with him and adding: “your choice.”
She did not proceed with the complaint and later refused to cooperate with social services.
In the report Professor Jay concluded: “The incident raised questions about how the perpetrator knew where this young woman was and what she was doing.”
Victim arrested for being drunk
In 2008 an 11-year-old girl came to the attention of the police after she disclosed that she and another child had been sexually abused by a group of adult males.
Despite the fact she was identified as being one of a group of girls who was associating with a known sex abuser, her file was closed and she was deemed as being not at risk from sexual exploitation.
Less than a month later, she was found in a derelict house with another child, and a number of adult males.
She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly (her conviction was later set aside) and none of the males were arrested.
In one of the most staggering passages in the report, Professor Jay revealed how a police officer dismissed the case of a 12-year-old girl who had been having sex with up to five
Asian [Muslim] males, because he said she had been “100 per cent consensual in every incident”.
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Three previous reports highlighted the problem of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, but were ignored or suppressed according to Professor Jay’s findings.
In a report published in 2003, it was stated that most of the men in South Yorkshire who were involved in the sexual exploitation of young people for the purposes of prostitution were also believed to be involved in drug dealing.
They might also be involved in rape, violence, gun crime, robbery and other serious criminal offences, the report said.
It also highlighted how one 12-year old had been taken to a hotel by some men and being made to watch while her 14-year old sister had sex with them.
The 2006 report stated that the situation in Rotherham was continuing ‘as it has done for a number of years’, with an established sexual exploitation scene which was very organised and involved systematic physical and sexual violence against young women.
The report said it also involved young women being trafficked to other towns and cities predominantly in the north and said the level of intimidation, physical beatings and rape amongst exploited girls was considered by multi-agency staff to be very severe and their situation to be very serious.
The reports were not acted upon and were left to gather dust while the abuse continued.
The report described how one of the common threads running through stories of sexual exploitation had been the use of taxi drivers who were directly linked to children who were being abused.
Scores of young girls described how they had been sexually exploited in exchange for free taxi rides and other goods.
In one incident a taxi driver accosted a 13-year-old girl. She refused to do what he asked and reported the incident to her parents who managed to identify the driver and follow him.
They contacted the police and gave them his details, however officers did not attend until later and no action was taken.
It later emerged that the driver had been arrested the previous week for a similar incident in Bradford.
Such was the fear of using taxis in Rotherham that when questioned a group of young people from the town said they avoided using them if possible.
The report said: “Their parents and partners strongly discouraged, even forbade, them from being on their own at night in a taxi, unless it was a company they personally knew.
“The girls described how on occasions they would be taken on the longest, darkest route home. One said the driver’s first question would be ‘How old are you, love?’.
“All talked about the content of their conversation quickly turning flirtatious or suggestive, including references to sex.”
South Yorkshire Police
The police had “excellent” procedures for dealing with child sexual exploitation, but “in practice these appear to have been widely disregarded”, the report says. There was also evidence of collusion between the police and perpetrators.
In 2001, a young girl who had been repeatedly raped agreed to speak to police, but when she arrived at the police station her abuser texted her to say he had her 11-year-old sister with him, who would suffer reprisals if she went ahead with her complaint.
The report said the incident “raised questions about how the perpetrator knew where the young woman was and what she was doing”.
A Home Office researcher who had persuaded the girl to speak to the police wrote to the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police to raise concerns about the girl’s welfare, and was told by a district police commander “never to do such a thing again”.
Police on the ground had a “lack of understanding” of the problem and regarded children as young as 11 as being in consensual sexual relationships with adults rather than being victims of rape and abuse.
Too often victims of abuse were regarded as “undesirables” who were “not worthy of police protection”, and missing persons reports were regarded as “a waste of time”. Some young women were even threatened with arrest for wasting police time when they sought help.
Victims were “often” regarded by police officers as “deviant or promiscuous” by police, the report adds.
Issues of ethnicity
In Rotherham the “majority” of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage, the report says, which led to police and council workers “tiptoeing” around the problem.
In the council and the police there was a perception among staff that they should “downplay the ethnic dimensions of child sexual exploitation”.
Frontline staff became confused as to what they were supposed to say and do and what would be interpreted as “racist”.
Prof Jay adds: “From a political perspective, the approach of avoiding public discussion of the issues was ill judged.”
Other than two meetings in 2011, there was no direct engagement with the Pakistani community about the issue of child sexual exploitation, despite “strong concern” from community leaders that there should be.
One of the local Pakistani women’s groups described how Pakistani-heritage girls were targeted by taxi drivers and on occasion by older men lying in wait outside school gates at dinner times and after school.
They also cited cases in Rotherham where Pakistani landlords had befriended Pakistani women and girls on their own for purposes of sex, then passed on their name to other men who had then contacted them for sex.
The women and girls feared reporting such incidents to the Police because it would affect their future marriage prospects.
The report stated that there had been a prevalent denial of the existence of child sexual exploitation in the Borough in the early years but added that by 2005, it was hard to believe that any senior officers or members from the Leader and the Chief Executive downwards, were not aware of the issue.
The report went on that most council members showed little obvious leadership or interest in child sexual exploitation.
The report said: “The possible reasons for this are not clear but may include denial that this could occur in Rotherham, concern that the ethnic element could damage community cohesion, worry about reputational risk to the Borough if the issue was brought fully into the public domain, and the belief that if that occurred, it might compromise police operations.”
It concluded: “The prevailing culture at the most senior level of the Council, until 2009, as described by several people, was bullying and ‘macho’, and not an appropriate climate in which to discuss the rape and sexual exploitation of young people.”