GROOMING of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri men is still occurring on an “industrial scale” in Rotherham because authorities are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket, an investigation by express.co.uk has uncovered.
Express.co.uk has pieced together shocking testimony from victims, campaigners and local residents in a large-scale investigation series being revealed throughout this week.They all told us how police and the local council is still “failing” thousands of vulnerable girls.
It reveals how organised, criminal gangs of paedophiles are still using the town as their own personal fiefdom, peddling underage girls for sex as part of a multi-million pound crime empire.
The men are predominantly from the city of Mirpur in the disputed region of Kashmir, on the border between Pakistan and India.
Express.co.uk has chosen to refer to the abusers as Kashmiri or Mirpuri after hearing how many mainstream British Pakistanis are disgusted by the actions of a few men from those communities.
EXCLUSIVE: Police who turned ‘blind eye’ in Rotherham face flood of new abuse cases
But during the last nine months there has been a deluge of new cases, with more than 600 referrals about alleged exploitation of under 16s.
The rise has been likened to the number who came forward in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal after years of fearing no one would believe them.
More than 60 officers and support staff are investigating the allegations, a number described as the “highest water mark” the force can sustain.
Following a second grooming case last week, a damning report revealed more than 300 youngsters were groomed, raped and sometimes forced into “sex slavery” in Oxfordshire by gangs over the last 15 years while police and the local authority did nothing.
The Prime Minister responded by promising to “eradicate the culture of denial”.