Police turned a blind eye to sex grooming gangs for more than a decade, confidential files reveal
Problem: Confidential documents have revealed the scale of sexual exploitation of young white girls in Rotherham, South Yorkshire
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’
Police turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse of white girls by gangs of largely Pakistani men for more than a decade, it was claimed yesterday.
Research, reports and case files also revealed that council officials were desperate to cover up any racial link to the abuse of young girls.
The research shows that a string of warnings dating back as far as 2000 were ignored by the authorities. In many cases, police action was taken only against the victims.
Among the alleged crimes for which no one was prosecuted were:
A 14-year-old girl being forced to perform sex acts on five men – four Pakistanis and an Iraqi Kurd asylum seeker;
A British Pakistani man was found in a car with a bottle of vodka and a 12-year-old. Both were arrested on suspicion of stealing the car. Police also found pornographic images of the girl on the 22-year-old’s phone;
A 14-year-old girl missing for a week was found under the influence of drugs in a car with a man 20 years older. They had had sex but he was arrested only for drug possession;
A 13-year-old girl was found drunk at 3am in a derelict house with a ‘large group of adult males’ who had plied her with vodka. She was arrested for a public order offence while the men walked away.
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