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Hansard: 23rd October 2015

At the same time, we must be prepared to insist that there can be only one law; we must get away from what might be called the “Rotherham complex”, where the authorities were so afraid of offending a minority community that they turned a blind eye to the appalling abuse of young, mainly British girls. I pay tribute here to Andrew Norfolk, a correspondent of the Times, and to the editor of that newspaper, for their courage and persistence in uncovering such outrageous behaviour. Other cases have since been unearthed that suggest that there has been a widespread failure to apply the law for so-called cultural reasons. Indeed, there can be little doubt that the many disturbing examples provided by the noble Baroness are but the tip of a very large iceberg.

https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldhansrd/text/151023-0001.htm

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
01/04/2018
Summary: 

Sky News has seen a file of documents given to the Home Office which the local MP claims demonstrates authorities in Telford are still failing to tackle child abuse. MP for Telford Lucy Allan says the evidence she's complied from victims and their families shows "a failure to understand the nature of grooming" by the local police and the Crown Prosecution Service. Last Monday, it was announced that the National Independent Inquiry into Child Exploitation will speak to victims in Telford as part of its Truth Project.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
24/06/2015
Summary: 

West Midlands Police knew five years ago that Asian grooming gangs were targeting children outside schools across the city - but failed to make the threat public.Documents obtained by the Birmingham Mail show the force were aware pupils were at risk of child sexual exploitation (CSE) back in 2010. The confidential report, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act, also sho

Country: 
Spain
News Date: 
24/03/2018
Summary: 

Ten Algerian migrant men were arrested in eastern Spain this week after they were alleged to have sexually abused three underage girls by luring them to an apartment offering drugs and money. The ten migrants were brought to court on charges of sexual abuse in the city of Alicante, where they are believed to have sexually molested and assaulted three girls aged 14, 15, and 17, Le Point reports.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
18/03/2018
Summary: 

I’m a Rotherham grooming gang survivor. I call myself a survivor because I’m still alive. I’m part of the UK’s largest ever child sexual abuse investigation. As a teenager, I was taken to various houses and flats above takeaways in the north of England, to be beaten, tortured and raped over 100 times.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
16/03/2018
Summary: 
  • Pregnant Lucy Lowe, 16, died in a house fire in Telford nearly 18 years ago
  • She was killed by her boyfriend Azhar Ali Mehmood, who was 26 at the time
  • Social services knew he first slept with her aged 14 but did not warn parents
Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
14/03/2018
Summary: 

Police have been accused of “victim blaming” children who were targeted by grooming gangs in the Telford sex abuse scandal. Officers investigating child sexual exploitation in the town were sent an internal memo telling them “in most cases the sex is consensual [with children aged 11!]”.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
12/03/2018
Summary: 

A schoolgirl fell pregnant six times in four years during Britain's worst child abuse scandal which affected up to 1,000 girls for 40 years. An investigation by the Sunday Mirror exposed the horror - as sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11 who were lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that victims believe is still ongoing.

Summary: 

It’s been six months since the #MeToo movement first took off. For half a year now we’ve had a regular drip-feed of stories drawing attention to the apparent suffering of women at the hands of men. So when this weekend’s Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking abuse experienced by hundreds of women and girls in Telford we might have expected the outrage to find a new focus. The news that girls, some as young as 11, were drugged, beaten and raped by gangs of mainly Muslim, Asian-heritage men could have provided further fuel to campaigners. We might have expected shows of solidarity, reminders of the importance of believing the victim, and offers of financial support.

But no. The abuse in Telford is estimated to have involved over 1,000 girls stretching over 40 years. Young girls in the town were groomed, fed drugs and raped. They were passed between abusers like commodities. Some got pregnant, had abortions and were raped again on multiple occasions. Three women were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the abuse. Yet these shocking events have received relatively little coverage. Girls in Telford do not, it seems, deserve frontpage coverage in the Guardian or The Times.

Country: 
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
News Date: 
12/03/2018
Summary: 

British-Pakistani woman has spoken out about the sheer volume of child abuse taking place within her community. She told Maajid Nawaz on LBC: “Every single Pakistani, girls that I know, including myself, have been abused by uncles or someone within the community. “But, it’s all very hush hush. There is a real big problem within Pakistani community.

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