Rotherham sex-abuse nightmare grows worse: 300 suspects — at least

posted at 8:41 am on June 24, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

The sex-trafficking ring in Rotherham may well be the worst in the West ever, or so one would hope. British officials have now identified at least three hundred suspects in a crime syndicate that raped and trafficked underage British girls for years, while local police ignored signs and clues for years:

At least 300 possible suspects have been identified by investigators probing the Rotherham child sex exploitation scandal.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said most of the potential suspects were Asian men, while the vast majority of victims were young British girls.

The NCA launched a major investigation into the scandal after a damning report by Professor Alex Jay last year, revealed that as many as 1,400 children had been raped, trafficked and groomed by mainly Asian gangs in the South Yorkshire town between 1997 and 2013.

“Asian” in this context refers to South Asia, primarily Pakistanis. That partly explains why the organizers of this trafficking ring successfully evaded detection and intervention for so long — longer than some of its later victims had been alive, in fact. Political correctness kept police from aggressively following up on evidence, and in fact pushed them to punish those who wanted to stop the abuse — including the parents of some victims, as The Telegraph reported last year:

More than 1,400 children were sexually abused over a 16 year period by gangs of paedophiles after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist, a damning report has concluded.

Senior officials were responsible for “blatant” failures that saw victims, some as young as 11, being treated with contempt and categorised as being “out of control” or simply ignored when they asked for help.

In some cases, parents who tried to rescue their children from abusers were themselves arrested. Police officers even dismissed the rape of children by saying that sex had been consensual.

Downing Street on Tuesday night described the failure to halt the abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, as “appalling”.

The Guardian also reports on the new findings this morning, and notes that this inquiry has been going on for more than six months:

The NCA investigation – Operation Stovewood – began in December after the agency was asked to intervene by South Yorkshire police. …

Baldwin said his team of 32 officers had identified more than 3,300 lines of inquiry. He added they had examined 47 boxes of written material, including 1,500 files from the outreach group Risky Business – an organisation that tried to help many of the alleged victims.

The officer confirmed most of the potential suspects were Asian men and most of the victims were white British girls and young women.

There are more than 300 suspects, but thus far only sixteen arrests — and that includes three arrested earlier today, all from Rotherham:

Three people have been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

A 52-year-old man from Rotherham was arrested on suspicion of rape, indecent assault, and prostitution offences, South Yorkshire Police said.

Two women from the town, aged 58 and 40, were held on suspicion of false imprisonment, and aiding, abetting and procuring rape.

The two women are already out on bail, the BBC reports. Presumably the other fourteen are still in custody, but that leaves 286 and counting free to operate or to pressure people into non-cooperation. It’s not just the gang members either, but the police and town council that have tried to keep a lid on the trafficking and the perpetrators. When this story broke last year, the report cited one activist that had tried to gather enough information to break the ring, only to discover that the town council and police were a lot more interested in her lack of sensitivity than the rapes, abductions, and forced prostitution of the town’s young girls:

“I was collecting data on who the perpetrators were, what cars they were using, their grooming methods, their offending methods, and what I was also collecting, was information on professional responses.”

When the researcher began to share her findings with the council, she told them most of the perpetrators being named were from the British Pakistani community.

She said she was taken aback by the response from one official.

“They said you must never refer to that again, you must never refer to Asian men,” she said.

“And [the] other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”

Some have used Rotherham to argue that multiculturalism is destined for failure. Perhaps, but it’s certain that this strategy of multiculturalism — to treat groups differently under the law — is a disaster. The US, for all its flaws, has dealt with the entry of multiple cultures by generally insisting on assimilation, legally if not culturally. We have the same political-correctness issues, but so far they have not infected our law-enforcement process to anywhere near this degree of lunacy. Americans should learn a lesson from Rotherham and ensure that we don’t allow that to happen here. The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.


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The US, for all its flaws, has dealt with the entry of multiple cultures by generally insisting on assimilation, legally if not culturally.

And you hit upon the problem…when it is done “legally” it can be controlled…

But illegal immigrants, you have no control, and they are pushed “underground” and form these nefarious unions…gangs, and the direction of the gangs depend on where the money is, here it is drugs.

In the 20’s it was “protection money” and “booze”. In the garment district it was slave labor…

right2bright on June 24, 2015 at 8:49 AM

We have the same political-correctness issues, but so far they have not infected our law-enforcement process to anywhere near this degree of lunacy.

Well, as far as we know. We can only guess at the exploitation of unaccompanied illegal children who have come by the thousands in recent years. But our government officials are ok with it as long as they aren’t labeled anti Latino because they did something about illegal immigration.

trubble on June 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

This and Zacarias Moussaoui – proof that Liberalism kills.

Ricard on June 24, 2015 at 8:51 AM

Blimey.

docflash on June 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Rotherham was/is run by Labour by the way.

WannabeAnglican on June 24, 2015 at 8:53 AM

Some have used Rotherham to argue that multiculturalism is destined for failure. Perhaps, but it’s certain that this strategy of multiculturalism — to treat groups differently under the law — is a disaster. The US, for all its flaws, has dealt with the entry of multiple cultures by generally insisting on assimilation, legally if not culturally. We have the same political-correctness issues, but so far they have not infected our law-enforcement process to anywhere near this degree of lunacy. Americans should learn a lesson from Rotherham and ensure that we don’t allow that to happen here. The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.

Yet we don’t screen those that illegally enter our country.

Many come from countries where girls as young as 12 have a cultural expectation of sexual maturity and the ability to give consent.

Age of consent (regardless of gender) in Brazil is 14

Argentina 13

Bolivia Onset of puberty (This can be as young as 12)

Chili 14

Columbia 14

Equador 14

Peru and Paraguay 14

Uruguay 15

source link: http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/ages_of_consent_in_south_america

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM

…how many of the visitors …are our congressmen or senators?…did BJ travel there?

JugEarsButtHurt on June 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.

Wanna bet? They’ll clean up this particular crisis but the overall crisis of losing their identity will not be so easily cleaned up.

Cleombrotus on June 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.

I don’t see any evidence they’ve learned anything. They had to be dragged kicking and screaming to even investigate this. They’ll clean this up and then do it again but this time they’ll throw more money at it so more little girls can have

a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise awareness of ethnic issues

Gwillie on June 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

“And [the] other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”

So are we saying that the sexual abuse of minors is excusable on cultural grounds?

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM

WCA, I’ve left you a note on QOTD, I’d ask you to look over.

Cleombrotus on June 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Age of consent Africa

Algeria Girls 16 Sodomy illegal

Angola 12

Berkino Faso 13

Cape Verde 14

Cueta 13

Chad 14

Camoros 13

Madagascar 14

Malawi 14

Niger 13

Nigeria 11

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic 13

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

I guess this is an example of the “other advanced countries” that Obama mentioned in his remarks on Charleston.

tpitman on June 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 8:56 AM

WCA, I’ve left you a note on QOTD, I’d ask you to look over.

Cleombrotus on June 24, 2015 at 9:02 AM

Got it and responded in kind on QOTD

Thanks

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 9:08 AM

“Asian”, European PC codespeak for muslim…

ConstantineXI on June 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

Eu is being pounded by illegals on every border and shore right now.

Things are getting messy over there…kinda like here.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

UK established Sharia courts…that was the first chink in their legal armor.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 9:12 AM

Political correctness kept police from aggressively following up on evidence,

Politically Correct is killing every thing it touches. Its genuinely tragic how many people think they can hold this turd by the clean end. Hot Air never used to be Politically Correct, that can no longer be said.

Support the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virgina? Condemn any form of firearms regulation as Unconstitutional? Condemn Same Sex Marriage as religious bigotry? Condemn the GOPe for betraying its Base? Call Barack Obama a traitor?

No Hot Air cannot do any of those because it would be…. Politically Incorrect…

oscarwilde on June 24, 2015 at 9:17 AM

The town council should be facing charges for multiple counts of negligent homicide.

GrumpyOldFart on June 24, 2015 at 9:19 AM

“And [the] other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”

So are we saying that the sexual abuse of minors is excusable on cultural grounds?

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2015 at 9:01 AM

The UK is saying that.
Liberals here are more than willing to give barbaric Muslims a pass on cultural grounds, mostly out of fear no doubt.

Mark Boabaca on June 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Hey Wikileak,et al. get the data and leak it,please.

LtGenRob on June 24, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Gee what a surprise.

Thanks to the wonderful GOP, TiSA, which allows for greater movement of labor from countries including PAKISTAN has been fast-tracked!

Can’t think of anything that this country needs more than a more free flow of Pakistani immigrants.

GOP really addressing those campaign promises from 2014, I know that was one of the main issues they ran on, “we need MORE PAKISTANI immigrants!!!!!”, “Where are the Pakistanis??????”; you could hear crowds yelling things like this at every campaign stop.

Redstone on June 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 24, 2015 at 9:05 AM

I don’t doubt any of that. In fact, I suspect some of that same type of thing was going on at The Second Mile, Jerry Sandusky’s little playhouse at Penn State, for some of the heavy hitters.

butch on June 24, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Political correctness kept police from aggressively following up on evidence,

Politically Correct is killing every thing it touches. Its genuinely tragic how many people think they can hold this turd by the clean end. Hot Air never used to be Politically Correct, that can no longer be said.

Support the Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virgina? Condemn any form of firearms regulation as Unconstitutional? Condemn Same Sex Marriage as religious bigotry? Condemn the GOPe for betraying its Base? Call Barack Obama a traitor?

No Hot Air cannot do any of those because it would be…. Politically Incorrect…

oscarwilde on June 24, 2015 at 9:17 AM

The UK like other EU countries have established ethnic ghettos in most of the large metropolitan areas…of course they don’t call them ghettos but that’s what they are.

These become No Go Zones for the native police force.

Population demographics means that most of the generations of ethnic europeans are being outnumbered by native born citizens of immigrants (legal or illegal) and many of these have cultural traditions that clash with the traditions and laws of the western host nation.

In short…they are outnumbered and if history serves things will likely get very ugly.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Population demographics means that most of the generations of ethnic europeans are being outnumbered by native born citizens of immigrants (legal or illegal) and many of these have cultural traditions that clash with the traditions and laws of the western host nation.

In short…they are outnumbered and if history serves things will likely get very ugly.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 9:31 AM

All consequences of Political Correctness.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2015 at 9:36 AM

Liberals here are more than willing to give barbaric Muslims a pass on cultural grounds, mostly out of fear no doubt.

Mark Boabaca on June 24, 2015 at 9:20 AM

No, it’s envy. The Islamic types, like violent criminals, are striking out at a culture- ours- which the progressives also hate, despise, and wish to destroy. As such, the progressives have the vicarious thrill of being “dangerous, romantic rebels against an unjust society” with no risk of somebody taking them to task.

Rather like Ian Hogg said about the famous definition of hunting, they have all the fun of war without most of the inconveniences.

And of course the victims- normal people- are a lot the “enlightened ones” don’t like anyway.

From the progressive POV, it’s a win-win.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 24, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Immigration fail. Again.

It is utterly foolish to admit Muslims or others from barbaric third world cultures into the West. It is destructive to one’s native culture, it is expensive to the taxpayers, and it is dangerous.

In the final analysis, it is emblematic of our decadence.

Nomennovum on June 24, 2015 at 9:52 AM

“Asian”, European PC codespeak for muslim…

ConstantineXI on June 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

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Right you are and they continue to do nothing about it .
Talk about no go zones .
The P C police of G B coming
to a country near you soon !

Lucano on June 24, 2015 at 9:55 AM

The US, for all its flaws, has dealt with the entry of multiple cultures by generally insisting on assimilation, legally if not culturally.

Ah, baloney. Until the 60s we admitted largely Europeans (if we admitted anyone at all). They are our culture. With immigration since then, we have introduced the same type of cultural rot that Europe has.

Nomennovum on June 24, 2015 at 9:58 AM

I have a 12 year old granddaughter in south Yorkshire, so you can imagine that I find this more than moderately terrifying.

Bob's Kid on June 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM

“And [the] other response was to book me on a two-day ethnicity and diversity course to raise my awareness of ethnic issues.”

Reeducation camps – how nice. And just what did she learn there – that she needs to accept a misogynistic culture that rapes and abuses young women in her own country? “Diversity”, they said.

Hill60 on June 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM

And we are the ugly Americans…

BettyRuth on June 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM

And the answer is? More diversity!

Ward Cleaver on June 24, 2015 at 10:32 AM

#don’tbringbackourchildren

stout77 on June 24, 2015 at 10:39 AM

Because the perps are Muslim, this won’t get the attention that the Catholic sex scandals have received.

bw222 on June 24, 2015 at 10:39 AM

The officer confirmed most of the potential suspects were Asian men and most of the victims were white British girls and young women.

Loosen the gun laws Britain and I’ll bet it will solve itself. A few fathers might end up in jail, but it will stop eventually.

LoganSix on June 24, 2015 at 10:47 AM

I have a 12 year old granddaughter in south Yorkshire, so you can imagine that I find this more than moderately terrifying.

Bob’s Kid on June 24, 2015 at 10:10 AM

How Yorkshire has changed…

Now its infamous for churning out suicide bombers.

The spirit of ole England weeps.

EnglishRogue on June 24, 2015 at 10:49 AM

Islamic rape culture has the left’s seal of approval.

whatcat on June 24, 2015 at 10:50 AM

“Multiculturalism” is kind of fuzzy and ill defined. The problem here is Balkanization, government cowardice in handling it, and a culture of dismissing “white trash” as not worthy of legal protection.

Count to 10 on June 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM

The US, for all its flaws, has dealt with the entry of multiple cultures by generally insisting on assimilation, legally if not culturally. We have the same political-correctness issues, but so far they have not infected our law-enforcement process to anywhere near this degree of lunacy. Americans should learn a lesson from Rotherham and ensure that we don’t allow that to happen here. The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.

Damn, how naive, Ed. We’re less than 10 years away from this. We are walking the same road as Britain and for the exact same reasons.

ROCnPhilly on June 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Americans should learn a lesson from Rotherham and ensure that we don’t allow that to happen here.

No, we need to roll back the current stupidity, not just stop further atrocities.

The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.

Cleaning up? Learned lessons? Hardly! This one is grotesque enough that they will have to put a lot more effort into sweeping it under the rug, but try to sweep it under the rug they will.

GWB on June 24, 2015 at 11:01 AM

The British have learned that lesson the hard way, and at least appear on the way to cleaning up the horrid, ghastly ruin it has created.

You think the British have learned anything from this?

They’re not even close to learning the lesson they need to learn, and a lot more innocents will be harmed before (if?) they do.

runawayyyy on June 24, 2015 at 11:02 AM

As all of the regulars obviously have, I’ve been watching the worldview of the posts here at HA slowly drift leftward. It is plainly visible in the commentary from the audience that they are dismayed by this clear lack of consistency to a traditionally conservative foundation of thought.

Then Jazz gave away the strategy last week, with his noxious post suggesting that losing a Supreme Court battle would be a good thing for the Conservative base. His posit, that being in opposition status to the current condition tends to energize its members, becomes very telling in light of the seemingly unexplainable turn towards socialism in so many of these recent stories.

Is it possible, that the Salem bloggers are attempting to maintain the fervency of opposition to leftist thinking, by appearing to nod acceptingly in that direction, thereby enraging their audience? If Jazz can honestly believe that Roe v Wade was a good thing because it energized the pro-life movement (all the while ignoring the extremely real tens of millions of murders “legalized” by its un-Constitutional, unconscionable, and un-legislated “law”), then it is no stretch to imagine that they would strategize the manipulation of us, their readers, by tweaking us with a sense that they have embraced the enemy.

This thinking, if true, is as flawed as that article by Mr. Shaw.

The only chance for those who believe in the founding principles of this Republic, is to consistently state, and stand upon, the reasons why these are the ideals most likely to continue to secure Liberty and prosperity for this nation. Doing otherwise is, to borrow the title of Justice Bork’s book, slouching towards Gomorrah. If we do not learn the lesson from the mistake made by Lot, we will most assuredly replicate it.

Freelancer on June 24, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Looks like Ann Coulter might be correct… Again.

barnone on June 24, 2015 at 11:46 AM

Looks like Ann Coulter might be correct… Again.

barnone on June 24, 2015 at 11:46 AM

I dunno…She jumped the shark for Christie and now she’s over the moon for Trump.

So there ya go.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 12:03 PM

The officer confirmed most of the potential suspects were Asian men and most of the victims were white British girls and young women.

Loosen the gun laws Britain and I’ll bet it will solve itself. A few fathers might end up in jail, but it will stop eventually.

LoganSix on June 24, 2015 at 10:47 AM

Europeans round up outsiders when they prove troublesome and boot em’

They’ve always done it and it’s ugly but it’ll happen.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

“Asian”, European PC codespeak for muslim…

ConstantineXI on June 24, 2015 at 9:10 AM

If Catholics were involved, you can bet they wouldn’t be referred to as Northern Europeans.

hepcat on June 24, 2015 at 12:07 PM

All Muslims from Pakistan. Coming to a US city, courtesy of the catholic church, near you soon

jake49 on June 24, 2015 at 12:35 PM

Downing Street on Tuesday night described the failure to halt the abuse in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, as “appalling”.

In a sane, non-PC world, the term would be “criminal” and the enabling police and council members along with these “Asians” would be thrown under the jail.

Big John on June 24, 2015 at 12:41 PM

Europeans round up outsiders when they prove troublesome and boot em’

They’ve always done it and it’s ugly but it’ll happen.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Not this time I think. All of Europe fears the Muslim more than any other group before. The others went quietly (i.e.; the Jews) but they know that these “Asians” will fight back with much more gusto than the Euros can muster themselves. Europe and GB are beyond saving now…

Big John on June 24, 2015 at 12:46 PM

The only chance for those who believe in the founding principles of this Republic, is to consistently state, and stand upon, the reasons why these are the ideals most likely to continue to secure Liberty and prosperity for this nation.

I hate to say it, but I don’t think that’s enough. In my dealings with people my age (pushing 50) and younger, I find that “prosperity” and “liberty” are at best abstract concepts for them. They’ve never known real hardship, so they think it’s not something that can legitimately happen here, and they’ve been indoctrinated to believe that “liberty” is a code word for hate. I really worry that the only thing that motivates them is free stuff and the perception that something is being done to eliminate racismsexismhomophobiaetc.

Farmer_Joe on June 24, 2015 at 1:16 PM

Europeans round up outsiders when they prove troublesome and boot em’

They’ve always done it and it’s ugly but it’ll happen.

workingclass artist on June 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM

They cut off a soldiers head mid day and stayed around for pictures. That just didn’t happen a few months or a year ago. The “troublesome” immigrants aren’t going away from Britain. Not without a ton of bloodshed.

I feel sorry for the UK, their best and bravest were killed off in two wars and they haven’t had any courage since.

LoganSix on June 24, 2015 at 1:19 PM

The US, for all its flaws, has dealt with the entry of multiple cultures by generally insisting on assimilation, legally if not culturally.

Yeah … right …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 24, 2015 at 1:26 PM

after police and council bosses turned a blind eye for fear of being labelled racist

An impulse the GOP understands all too well.

Racism is a serious issue when it happens, but you can’t treat it as a magic word that cuts off all responsibility to act.

The economic crisis that swept Obama into office occurred because the entire Congressional Black Caucus blocked any attempt to reform FNMA/FRMC lending by calling it racist. All the Republicans on the committee considering it immediately caved rather than be called racists.

You would think after the many, many documented cases of false accusations of racism, people would learn not listen to the false accusations. But it’s always a different person being called racist, so they always want to prove it doesn’t apply to them by giving in.

Now, how many people reading the above criticism of the Congressional Black Caucus will assume it’s motivated purely by racism?

And that’s why you’ll never see such a criticism in the popular media, even among most conservative blogs.

Hot Air does the same thing on the Confederate flag kerfuffle. Just give in rather than be called racists.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 24, 2015 at 1:38 PM

You would think after the many, many documented cases of false accusations of racism, people would learn not listen to the false accusations.

I think that outside of the media and government (BIRM) a good number of people (even Democrats) roll their eyes when they hear a racism allegation. The problem is that power is disproportionately in the hands of people who take such things seriously.

Farmer_Joe on June 24, 2015 at 1:49 PM

And that’s why you’ll never see such a criticism in the popular media, even among most conservative blogs.

Hot Air does the same thing on the Confederate flag kerfuffle. Just give in rather than be called racists.

There Goes the Neighborhood on June 24, 2015 at 1:38 PM

Well said. Any criticism of group a/b/c etc. is viewed by default as racism. Political correctness is communism writ small.

oryguncon on June 24, 2015 at 3:28 PM

The only chance for those who believe in the founding principles of this Republic, is to consistently state, and stand upon, the reasons why these are the ideals most likely to continue to secure Liberty and prosperity for this nation. Doing otherwise is, to borrow the title of Justice Bork’s book, Slouching towards Gomorrah. If we do not learn the lesson from the mistake made by Lot, we will most assuredly replicate it.

Freelancer on June 24, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Bork’s book is frightening to read because of (among other things) all the prophecies in it that are coming true.

AesopFan on June 24, 2015 at 3:45 PM

To prevent recurrence, consider castration of all perpetrators and all accessories after the fact-police, social workers, etc.

talkingpoints on June 24, 2015 at 3:50 PM

Force a Muslim baker to provide services to a homosexual wedding. I dare you.

vnvet on June 24, 2015 at 4:22 PM

These HA posts are so Rino-ish.

Sherman1864 on June 24, 2015 at 8:14 PM