Two days ago I became aware of a despicable crime-and-cover-up situation in a mid-size town in South Yorkshire, England. The crime: organized sexual exploitation of children, including rape, beatings and abductions for sex slavery. The equally despicable cover-up: law enforcement and child protective agency personnel ignoring reports of the prolific barbarity, which had been occurring allegedly since the late 1990s.
Damage from this wretched ordeal has been huge. The victim toll stands at over a thousand youth between the ages of 11 and 25. Citizens have been betrayed by the scandalous behavior of officials who turned blind eyes toward the incriminating evidence, and a series of government buffoons have left office.
Looking further, I found that racism, so-called political correctness and public embarrassment contributed to the cover-up, while protecting local youth and prosecuting the perpetrators was moved to the furthest of the proverbial far back burners. The more I read the more my blood began to boil. And the more I wanted to curse the fact that the same thing happens here in the U.S.
For one man, stopping the sex crimes in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, became a life mission. James Cole, a former security guard, wrote reports, sent e-mails, and made phone calls to authorities repeatedly over a 10-year period. But no action was taken. Reading that, I couldn’t help but recall the Penn State scandal.
Reporters from Vice.com met with Cole a few days ago following the belated resignation of Shaun Wright, South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
Appalled that it had taken so long for anyone to be punished, but his convictions about what was happening reinforced, Cole began a personal campaign to highlight the links between child sexual exploitation and the gang culture embedded at Rotherham Interchange. Cole is deeply affected by his experiences, wracked with guilt that he should have done more.
“Seeing the assaults, the abuse and the cavalier manner in which these men got away with this. It’s tarnished and almost burnt a hole in my soul. They were just allowed to act like hyenas in the chicken hut” and “Whatever I reported went into a black hole.”
Cole is disgusted that it has taken this long for anything to happen. He says, “Now we know to what extent Rotherham has become some kind of ghettoised brothel.”
Read the whole story: http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/rotherham-grooming-security-guard-and-victims-interview-091
Finally someone listened, and an independent investigation * was authorized. The report commissioned by the council, covering 1997 to 2013, detailed cases where children as young as 11 had been raped by a number of different men, abducted, beaten and trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England to continue the abuse.
Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, said she found “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”.
The race and political correctness piece is addressed by Professor Jay’s report as well: “By far the majority of perpetrators were described as ‘Asian’ by victims, yet throughout the entire period, councillors did not engage directly with the Pakistani-heritage community to discuss how best they could jointly address the issue. Some councillors seemed to think it was a one-off problem, which they hoped would go away. Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so.”
Those British councillors and chiefs of police left office waay too late, and with their scrawny, little, fearful tails between their legs. Who cares about the ethnicity or national origin of rapists and human traffickers! British, Pakistani, African, Chinese, Colombian, white, black, yellow, brown, Islamic, Judeo-Christian, Buddist, whatever–it doesn’t matter–they are arrogant predators. Arrest, prosecute and sentence them. Protect the children, dammit!
Commentary by T.M. Burroughs
*Excerpts from Professor Jay’s report online PDF version, accessed 9/29/14
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