The recent conviction of a child exploitation grooming gang in Oxford was only the latest in a string of such cases. Now police have revealed at least another 54 grooming gangs are under investigation across England and Wales.
Grooming gangs in Rotherham, Derby, Bradford, Blackpool, Telford, and Oxford are just the tip of the iceberg it transpires. The BBC reported the figure of 54 grooming gangs under investigation was cited by former Labour Attorney General Lord Morris of Aberavon in the House of Lords. Morris raised the question:
"Is it collective amnesia that has blinded us to the underlying circumstances, whereby at least 27 police forces are investigating 54 alleged child grooming gangs? Why has investigating and prosecuting in so many different parts of the country taken so much time? Is it the fear of racialism, or is it the fact that many of these vulnerable girls come from care homes?"
Thus far the majority of convictions obtained against the child sex grooming gangs have been against men of Pakistani origin that have exploited, repeatedly gang-raped and sexually tortured vulnerable young girls over long periods. However, according to the Independent "on-street grooming is not the sole preserve of Asian men" and "the most detailed research on the phenomenon so far found that, in 43 per cent of cases, the abusers were white." Figures cited by the deputy children's commissioner also state that 28 percent of victims are from ethnic minority groups.
Decades long sexual abuse of vulnerable children in care homes are also under historical investigation. The Mirror recently reported "Detectives are investigating 84 suspects as part of a massive children’s homes sex abuse probe spanning three decades." While the perpetrators are not considered as grooming gangs they are part of a massive paedophile network with allegations of establishment cover up. The Independent reported Labour MP Tom Watson raised the issue in the House of Commons stating "I want to ensure that the Metropolitan Police secure the evidence, re-examine it, and investigate clear intelligence suggesting a powerful paedophile network linked to Parliament and No 10."
Investigations into historical allegations of child sexual abuse by UK celebrities, including Jimmy Saville, Ken Roache, and Stuart Hall, have detracted from the more politically sensitive allegations linking the political elite to paedophile rings, while police sensitivity to issues of political correctness allowed Asian grooming gangs to continue their predatory practices for many years before convictions were brought. According to the Telegraph the Chief Constable of Oxford has apologised for "shocking police failures" which allowed the Oxford grooming gang to continue their depraved activity for so long without apprehension.
What is evident is there has been decades long abuse of vulnerable children which is only now being fully investigated. Establishment perverts and Asian/Muslim grooming gangs have both slipped under the spotlight due to the establishment closing ranks and a culture of political correctness. According to the BBC "2,409 children and young people had been confirmed as victims of sexual exploitation by gangs or groups between August 2010 and October 2011."