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The abuse that went ignored: Rotherham's 1,400 'lost girls'

August 28th, 2014
03:25 PM ET

A report on child abuse in the northern English town of Rotherham is rocking the UK.
It concluded that 1400 children some as young as 11 were abused, trafficked and groomed for more than 16 years.
The London Times' Chief Investigative Reporter, Andrew Norfolk, was pivotal in revealing the extent of abuse. He told Christiane Amanpour how this story started for him four years ago.
"I couldn't help noticing that there was something about the names of the offenders that always seemed to be a problem, which is that they were Muslim names."
"We eventually decided that although it was an incredibly sensitive subject, we needed to carry out some in-depth research to discover whether this generally was a pattern that was not being acknowledged by the authorities."
Norfolk made sure to point out that in the U.K. the majority of convicted sexual predators are white middle aged men who usually act alone. He was completely stunned by the numbers of girls that had been abused over the years by the groups he had been investigating.
"I have to admit to being unprepared for the staggering figure that was announced yesterday in terms of Rotherham, in terms of 1,400 children over a 16-year period. But what was happening in Rotherham is happening in every town and city in England that has a sizable Pakistani community."
"For four years, we have been asking for the research to be carried out to understand why that is the case. There have been some very high-profile criminal prosecutions in the past couple of years because since we've started writing about this, there's been a real change in the way authorities have been approaching it and tackling it, trying to protect the victims, trying to bring offenders to account."
"But until we actually understand why this crime has put down such deep roots in various communities, we're never going to actually prevent it from happening."

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  1. Diane

    So awful. We so often forget that children, those with the least of rights and often value are the ones who suffer the most no matter what color or where they are. I can barely stand the news anymore reading about the disgusting things that are done to children.

    August 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      And what came out of it? Were the perpetrators found and punished? Were the city officials and police punished?

      August 28, 2014 at 10:36 pm | Reply
  2. H. B.

    This is a story about Muslims, doing what Muslims DO. Not just Pakistani Muslims or Kashmiri Muslims, but all Muslims. It is perfectly acceptable, in Islam, to do the things these people were doing with those girls.

    This issue is only one of MANY that should tell us that Muslims aren't fit to live in our cultures. It's mixing oil and water. Muslims are the "oil" which will always float on top of the rest of us, due to our reluctance to recognize their belief system for what it iS.

    While it is good policy to think multiculturalism and tolerance of other belief systems is a good thing, there IS one exception to that. Islam is so thoroughly ALIEN to every other belief and culture that it must be separated out from people of those other cultures. It doesn't know HOW to be compatible, and has no desire to become so. Instead, it seeks to force its OWN values and beliefs on everyone else. There IS no tolerance in Islam, except among other Muslims. Their tolerance and peace only applies to themselves, not to us.

    To these abusers, what they were doing is not just acceptable in Islam, but helps to make these girls Muslims, too. And any children they have. It's all part and parcel with the major goal of Islam, to conquer the whole world.

    We will be overwhelmed by them if we don't remove them from our societies and send them to Islamic States, where they can be HAPPY. They are wretchedly unhappy in our cultures, since everything about us is blasphemous and obscene to them. But they do know how to make use of our values in order to exploit things to their advantage – like what they did to those girls. They never become acclimated to our cultures by a hair. They are extremely good, though, at using our own values against us.

    We can't change them. In our lands, anyone who doesn't want to be a Muslim any more can dump it. Only rarely are they killed by Muslims who are offended by that, although it does happen sometimes. The remaining Muslims in our culture are free to abandon Islam, and if they don't, it means they fully accept it all. And will therefore act accordingly.

    Our political correctness keeps us from being willing to acknowledge this reality, even when it is right in front of our own eyes. Muslims need us to be in denial, and it is their propaganda which seeks to insure that we will remain so.

    But the bottom line, for all Muslims, is to conquer us. They MEAN BUSINESS about it, too. It is therefore time that WE began to mean business about stopping them.

    But we can't prepare to meet a threat when we refuse to see one at all. Their methods DO seem to work very well for them.

    In point of fact, they could almost take over all of Europe right now. But they won't until they are ready to make their final push for global conquest everywhere, all at once. They'll only get one shot at it, so they have to have everything ready to go, not just in Europe, but everywhere. They're close to it now. And we still only regard their faith as a religion of peace.

    We will therefore lose.

    August 28, 2014 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • Paul

      Where's your pride, the Englishmen? When will you stand up to protect your children, your families, your England?

      August 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • Hamlet's Ghost

        Enoch Powell was right.

        September 2, 2014 at 5:52 am |
    • WAKE UP

      This what has become of the Western "Civilized" man. Too docile to do anything anymore. You must be PC. The muslims view this as being weak. I agree where are the Proud Englishmen to defend these girls. Everyone is too busy posting pics of themselves up in the club on social media. Get off your damn Iphones and Wake up. Is this what your ancestors died for in WW2??? R.I.P. England.

      September 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm | Reply
    • Rahul Sharma

      What came out of it, eh, H.B.?

      January 13, 2019 at 5:30 am | Reply
  3. Renee

    "But what was happening in Rotherham is happening in every town and city in England that has a sizable Pakistani community."

    "For four years, we have been asking for the research to be carried out to understand why that is the case."

    Oh, it's not hard to understand: The "religion of peace" has struck again! And the authorities have ignored it because they didn't want to violate the tenets of PC - after all, isn't THAT what's really important?

    August 29, 2014 at 1:37 pm | Reply
  4. seekeroftheway1978

    They all need to be fired and teach new police and social workers to not let this happen again. shame shame on these people. What is wrong with some people?

    August 30, 2014 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  5. Armando

    The comments of H.B. above say it all. I use to think we should never be discriminating people based on their religious beliefs, but I have to conceed I was completely wrong. It goes beyond religion. Acts like these, perpetrated by people that think they are human beings, deny them of being qualified as such. They are NOT human beings. What are they, I don´t know, but they do not belong in any place on earth in which such henious acts have stopped to be accepted for a long time. Go away, back to your countries. Perhaps one day, in a thousand years, your future generations will learn how to behave in a civilised world.

    September 1, 2014 at 3:28 am | Reply
  6. Jan

    Just wondering why my post is not showing up?

    September 1, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  7. Jan

    Wow! I just wrote a comment regarding this and again it is not showing up. I guess my truth telling isn't appreciated on the website. Disgusting.

    September 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  8. Jan

    Has anyone else had a problem with their comments not being posted?

    September 1, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  9. Jan

    Guess I'm not PC enough for CNN

    September 1, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  10. WAKE UP

    What has happened to the English Men? Why didn't they do anything to protect their young girls? Are they castrated due to the Politically Correct BS we have been force fed for so long? Is this what you ancestors Died for in WW2 for? What a disgrace. England is lost. R.I.P. England.

    September 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  11. abigail249

    We look to CNN to continue to report on this story! This horrific story should take priority over other "news" that CNN publishes such as Chelsea Clinton Baby Watch or "Secrets to a Better Banana Bread. " OR EVEN, "Man robs victim wearing GoPro."

    September 20, 2014 at 9:04 am | Reply
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