Look at bullet #2 to try and get the full gravity of the horror of this situation. I imagine I know what I would do if I was that vulnerable white girl to Rotherham city council.
- Documents reveal scale of sexual exploitation of girls in South Yorkshire
- Vulnerable white girl, known to have been abused from the age of 12, was offered Urdu and Punjabi lessons by Rotherham Council to ‘educate her’
- Papers reveal catalogue of alleged crimes which have not been prosecuted
- Rotherham MP Denis MacShane: ‘We need clear leadership from government to eradicate this evil’
By Rob Preece
PUBLISHED: 10:28 GMT, 24 September 2012 | UPDATED: 14:50 GMT, 24 September 2012
- Asian sex gangs were able to groom, pimp and traffic girls across the UK for more than a decade while authorities failed to publicly acknowledge the problem was happening, confidential documents reveal today.
A dossier of internal police, social services and intelligence reports shows that agencies in South Yorkshire were aware that vulnerable girls were being abused, but a catalogue of alleged crimes were not prosecuted.
In one case, a white girl who was sexually abused by an Asian gang from the age of 12 was offered lessons in Urdu and Punjabi by her local council after her ordeal.
Rotherham Council proposed the lessons to the girl, who was known by social services to have been sexually exploited, in an attempt ‘to engage’ her in education.
The documents show that authorities were aware of a problem of offenders, largely men of Pakistani heritage, sexually exploiting vulnerable girls, but never publicly acknowledged that it was happening.
A child welfare expert, speaking under condition of anonymity, said the agencies’ reluctance to tackle street-grooming networks was ‘the biggest child protection scandal of our time’.
The papers, whcih emerged today outline many cases of alleged sexual exploitation for which no one was prosecuted, including:
- Fifty-four children from Rotherham were linked to sexual exploitation by three brothers from a British Pakistani family. Eighteen girls identified one brother as their ‘boyfriend’. He allegedly made several of them pregnant.