...if only women could be Muslim Brits.
1,400 children over 16 years and none of the media interest in Muslim child sexual abuse that accompanies stories involving people whose co-religionists don't issue fatwas or behead people.
An independent report has severely criticised South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Council after finding "at least" 1,400 children were sexually exploited in the town between 1997 and 2013. It follows four years in which both organisations have been under scrutiny.The issue of child sex abuse in Rotherham first came to light in November 2010 when five men from the town's Asian community were jailed for sexual offences against underage girls.But suspicions were already growing that the scale of the town's problem was far more widespread.Almost two years later, in September 2012, Andrew Norfolk, a journalist on The Times newspaper, published an investigation which revealed a confidential 2010 police report had warned thousands of such crimes were being committed in South Yorkshire each year by networks of Asian men.The town's former Labour MP, Denis MacShane, claimed police had kept the abuse secret from politicians."The Rotherham police exposed, arrested and broke up an evil gang of internal traffickers who were sent to prison," he said."But it is clear the internal trafficking of barely pubescent girls is much more widespread."In October 2012, the council, South Yorkshire Police and other agencies set up a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) team to investigate the issues raised in the report, although South Yorkshire Police denied it had been reluctant to tackle child sexual abuse or that "ethnic origin had been a factor" in its decisions.But the force was criticised by the Home Affairs Select Committee and told by its chairman Keith Vaz they needed to "get a grip".Rotherham was not the only community in the North and the Midlands to have uncovered such abuse. There have also been arrests or prosecutions of groups of men in 11 towns and cities, including Oldham, Rochdale and Derby."In the other cases, overwhelmingly, they were men of Pakistani origin and we need to understand why this has been happening," said Mr Norfolk.He described a previous report into gang exploitation as a "missed opportunity" because of its failure to look at the proportion of men of Pakistani origin committing such offences.Yet, despite the concerns, in 2012 no further prosecutions for child sex exploitation took place in Rotherham.However, the council did say "improved public awareness" had helped it identify more young girls at risk of sexual exploitation in the town.In January 2013, the town once again fell under the scrutiny of MPs. This time it was the borough council which appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee to answer questions about the lack of prosecutions."In Lancashire there were 100 prosecutions the year before last, in South Yorkshire there were no prosecutions," he said."We're talking about hundreds of victims, of vulnerable young girls, who have not been protected because, at the end of the day, what people are looking for are prosecutions."