The news from Rotherham, UK, has been chilling. Gang rape of vulnerable teens and pre-teens was endemic:
No one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1400 children were sexually exploited over the full Inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013.
In just over a third of cases, children affected by sexual exploitation were previously known to services because of child protection and neglect. It is hard to describe the appalling nature of the abuse that child victims suffered. They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten, and intimidated. There were examples of children who had been doused in petrol and threatened with being set alight, threatened with guns, made to witness brutally violent rapes and threatened they would be next if they told anyone. Girls as young as 11 were raped by large numbers of male perpetrators.
This abuse is not confined to the past but continues to this day. In May 2014, the caseload of the specialist child sexual exploitation team was 51. More CSE cases were held by other children’s social care teams. There were 16 looked after children who were identified by children’s social care as being at serious risk of sexual exploitation or having been sexually exploited. In 2013, the Police received 157 reports concerning child sexual exploitation in the Borough.
With the publicity associated with this travesty, it seems that other British cities have exactly the same problem:
Child sexual exploitation is happening in a “number of towns” in different parts of the country, according to the author of a damning report into abuse in Rotherham.
The root of the problem, according to the report, was that the girls involved were virtually all “Roma-Slavic” or, as more commonly referred to as Gypsy. The men were mostly Pakistani. But regardless of ethnicity they had two traits in common. They were Muslim and everyone was scared of offending them.
The dangers in Rotherham and Birmingham were clear enough. The authorities, local government, social services, education authorities, and police alike had begun to talk about their relations with “the community” as though it were a sovereign body and accepting that different codes of conduct applied within it than within the host society.
In short, parts of Birmingham and Rotherham had become places more like the bantustans of the old …read more