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Sex scandal in Rotherham reaches politics too

Beatings, gang rapes and forced prostitution and abortions. In the sex scandal in Rotherham, UK, the question arose again and again why a Pakistani gang was able to abuse more than 1,400 girls under the eyes of the authorities for years - and no one was suspicious.

Reports of sexual abuse or even advertisements leaked away, investigations dragged on or were simply discontinued - and that over a period of 16 years. Even the report of the violent death of a 17-year-old woman whose body was found in a canal near Rotherham should be withheld from the public.

Now the suspicion that already emerged at the time has been confirmed: the local authorities - or at least some of their members - were part of the sex ring. According to the British newspaper "Times", two police officers are accused of corruption. The newspaper refers to a new investigation report to clear up the scandal.

Accordingly, the police supported the criminals by forwarding information and internal matters to the gang or by deliberately refusing to investigate. Two councilors from Rotherham are said to have been customers of the pimps.

The new revelations triggered a shock wave in the local administration, but also in national politics. According to English media reports, the city council announced on Wednesday that it would be resigning as a whole. This is reported by the Guardian, among others.

Up to 2000 victims possible

Alexis Jay, who heads the council-commissioned investigation, had said some time ago that there was "a common perception" among grass-roots social workers that "some high-ranking people in the council and the police force the ethnic dimension wanted to downplay ”. Apparently what is meant is the origin of the perpetrators, most of whom have an Asian or Arab migration background.

"There were concerns about bringing ethnicity to the public out of concern for the cohesion of the community," said the professor of social work. Apparently those responsible feared possible accusations of racism if it came to investigations in the Muslim communities. The impending loss of potential votes from Muslim voters also led to the fact that even MPs looked the other way for years.

Louise Casey, who also took part in the investigation, sums it up as follows: In Rotherham's administration there is a culture of bullying, sexism, oppression and "political correctness" that was completely out of place. The council had known of the allegations against the gang, but instead of addressing the problem, committed youth welfare workers were put on hold. They were more concerned about their own reputation than about the well-being of the children who were cared for by the welfare organization.

“I found a city council who defended everything. The members denied that there was or was a problem, that it was really as bad as I claimed, "the Guardian quotes