The decades-long and nationwide rape of many thousands of underage girls – and some boys – by brutal and depraved predominantly Muslim rape gangs is, in my view, the worst social crime for 200 years.
Jayne Senior, the local whistle-blower who exposed the extent of child abuse in Rotherham, says that the gangs were certainly operating in the town in the 1990s.
Researcher and writer Peter McLoughlin – whose book Easy Meat is obligatory reading for those who want to understand the horror – reckons the first public reference to rape gang activity was in the Birmingham area in 1988, but he is confident that with further research grooming by Muslim men could be traced back even to the 70s.
Thanks to its Freedom of Information requests, the Sunday Mirror investigation into Telford child grooming obtained documents showing that the abuse epidemic was first recorded internally by the authorities as long ago as 1981.
So the rape gangs have existed in the UK, publicly unidentified and unacknowledged by the authorities, for up to four decades.
It’s a mistake to think that the grooming gangs are restricted just to working-class northern towns like Rotherham, Rochdale, Bury, Newcastle and Bradford.
Telford in Shropshire has a massive ongoing grooming scandal and returns a Tory MP. Oxford, with its dreaming spires but also its infamous ‘shag wagon’ rape gang, is hardly a declining industrial city.
“Any area that says it does not have a problem with grooming gangs simply isn’t looking for it,” said the Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council in February following Northumbria Police’s extensive Operation Sanctuary investigation into child sexual abuse. Chief Constable Steve Ashman concurred: “There is every likelihood that this is happening in every town and city across the country,” he said.
Indeed it is. The cancer has spread countrywide. Even the quintessentially English south coast port of Plymouth, where Sir Francis Drake allegedly played bowls while the Spanish Armada approached, with its cobbled streets and famous Mayflower Steps from which Pilgrim Fathers set off for the new world in 1620, has suffered from grooming gang activities. Eight men were arrested on rape and drugs charges in December 2016: Salar Mohmood, Ibriam Ibryam, Samir Jewa, Mahmoud Kadar, Dana Rahem, Jasem Waly, Mozafar Kalepana and Xhimi Boko.
And the well-heeled and historic market town of Banbury in leafy Oxfordshire has had its own resident grooming gang too.
Many thousands of victims?
Sarah Champion, Rotherham’s MP since 2012, has labelled the rape gangs a “national disaster” and claimed there are “hundreds of thousands… up to a million victims of exploitation nationwide… girls in the process of being groomed.” She bases her calculations not only on her Rotherham experience but also from contacts she has had from across the country. As evidence she cited “four big cases each with a couple of thousand (girls)” that were occurring in the “smallest towns”.
In 2015 then Prime Minister David Cameron saw the issue as sufficiently serious and widespread to call it a “national threat” – although he did not publicly quantify that threat.
Sampling can help us make reasonable estimates about the phenomenon:
In June 2017 police in the small mill town of Keighley announced they were investigating 179 new rape crimes, with 168 suspects and “more than 100 victims.” Keighley has a population of 51,000 and such an extensive track record of rape gang activity – publicly identified by the courageous Ann Cryer when she was local MP from 1997 to 2010 – that it caused the town to be named the nation’s “child grooming capital”. Extrapolating across the whole country solely, and therefore very conservatively, from the police’s 100 newly identified victims as a proportion of Keighley’s total population, there are at least 129,000 victims nationwide.
Oxford, has a population of 152,000 and 373 identified victims according to the Safeguarding Board’s Serious Case Review – but undoubtedly with many other hidden and unidentified children who have suffered too. Extrapolated across the UK, these cautious SCR figures indicate that there are at least 162,000 victims nationally.
Telford, has a population of 170,000 and, from the Sunday Mirror investigation, 1,000 victims. Extrapolated, this would imply 388,000 victims nationally.
Professor Jay’s Rotherham report “conservatively” identified 1,400 child abuse victims in the town during the period 1999 to 2013, out of a total population of around 255,000. Jayne Senior reckons the figure should be “at least 1,700… and could be up to 2,000 victims”. If we assume the real figure is Senior’s 1,700, then 0.07% of the total Rotherham population suffered at the hands of the rape gangs during those 14 years. More, of course, have suffered before and since.
Extrapolating the Rotherham figures across the UK, the national figure would be 440,000 victims.
From the above and other evidence it is reasonable to assume that there are now at least a quarter of a million (250,000) child victims of rape gangs across the UK – a national atrocity that is simply beyond words.
In a future article I intend to identify local authorities’ complicity in the atrocity, and how they sacrificed the nation’s children on the high altars of political correctness and electoral expediency.