Six other men in Rotherham have been convicted of grooming and abusing vulnerable girls in the South Yorkshire town. The verdicts mean 20 men have been convicted since the NCA took over child sexual abuse cases from 1997 to 2013. In the British town of Rochdale, it has emerged that the rampant abuse of children has been ignored and encouraged by the police.
Officers led by the National Crime Agency investigated abuse allegations in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. The agency employs more than 200 people, making it one of the largest child abuse investigations in the country, up from 51 in May 2014. Other departments within the team have carried out investigations into child sexual abuse cases in other parts of England and Wales. The investigation coincides with the NCA's investigation into a huge child abuse ring based in nearby Rochdale.
The men had given the girls alcohol and drugs before sexually abusing them, Sheffield Magistrates' Court was told. Among the victims were 47 predominantly white girls whom ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 59, accused of being prostitutes or willing sexual participants.
A spokesman said: "The Home Office is committed to tackling child sexual abuse and will do everything in its power to tackle this vile behaviour. In a joint statement, Lancashire Police and County Council said they had "fallen prey to the sexual exploitation of children." The National Crime Agency (NCA), which investigates child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, said no one had a way of understanding who was being groomed or exploited, even though they believed sex was a kind of necessary price to pay for friendship.
After the Jay report revealed shocking figures of 1,400 abuse victims, Home Secretary Theresa May was asked for more resources to tackle abuse and bring perpetrators to justice. Sarah Champion MP is Labour MP for Rotherham, who has helped with the investigation and has supported abuse victims in our city. Our second priority is to identify and bring perpetrators to justice, prioritising those who suffered child sexual abuse between 1997 and 2013 and who have caused the most harm to children in their past. If you believe that you were or are active in Rotherham or elsewhere today or have information that could assist our investigation, please send an email to [spambot protected] if you have any information that could assist us in this investigation.
The report found that most of the exploitation happened to men of Pakistani origin, and that the victims were overwhelmingly white, working class, middle class and poor. After a huge child abuse ring was uncovered in Newcastle, it was claimed that Britain had a "vast network of British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."
In 2001, 93.0% of Rotherham's residents were white British, but since then the proportion has fallen from 7% to 14%. Twice as many Asian people behaved as the borough It is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country with a population of over 1.5 million people.
In 2011 Rotherham had 109,691 residents, but this figure refutes the urban subdivisions and not the entire borough.
Several investigations and prosecutions into gang formation are ongoing, including in Huddersfield, where several offenders have already been arrested in a number of related cases, and in neighbouring Bradford. The total number in Leeds and Bradford, where investigations are still ongoing after the arrest of four men and the conviction of two others, would have been higher at 649.
Department for Education statistics show Lancashire had the highest number of children (624) cared for by a groom in a single area of local authority, followed by Yorkshire and Huddersfield (541) and then Manchester (488). Indeed, there have been over 1,400 cases of vulnerable girls in the care of the council, who have been left badly out of pocket by their families. The National Crime Agency has identified more than 190 suspects in connection with the sexual exploitation of an estimated 1,500 victims that sparked a national scandal in 2012. Some of the most serious cases of child sexual abuse in England and Wales have occurred in Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield and Bradford City Council.
Ms Woodhouse, who was abused by rapist Arshid Hussain when she was 14, said the fact that child sexual exploitation is now being reported by local authorities did not surprise her. Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, said: "These figures show that child care remains one of the most widespread forms of child exploitation in the UK. Campaigners say the true figure is much higher and accuse the Government of failing to tackle child sexual exploitation, despite promises following high-profile cases in Rochdale and Rochdale. Police say it is more common in these areas and the perpetrators are much older than their victims, but activists say it is more common in rural areas.