Police bust Muslim gang in Oxfordshire who sexually exploited over 300 girls

By AFP
Published: March 4, 2015
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The report found that as many as 373 girls may have been subjected to "indescribably awful" sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire, southern England. STOCK IMAGE

The report found that as many as 373 girls may have been subjected to "indescribably awful" sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire, southern England. STOCK IMAGE

LONDON: A report found that over 300 victims may have been groomed and assaulted by Oxfordshire gangs over the last 16 years.

The report found that as many as 373 girls may have been subjected to “indescribably awful” sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire, southern England.

Following the report, British Prime Minister David Cameron promised tough action Tuesday against teachers and social workers who fail to protect children in their care, as a new report identified hundreds more potential sex abuse victims.

A series of recent scandals have revealed that children across Britain had been abused on an “industrial scale”, Cameron said, blaming the “‘walk-on by’ culture” of officials, including police officers.

Under his proposed new measures, the existing crime of “wilful neglect”, which carries a maximum jail term of five years, will be extended in England and Wales to cover children’s social care and education.

The findings follow a string of similar investigations that have revealed widespread sexual abuse of children, many of whom were being monitored by local authorities.

“Today, I am sending an unequivocal message that professionals who fail to protect children will be held properly accountable and council bosses who preside over such catastrophic failure will not see rewards for that failure,” Cameron said.

“Children were ignored, sometimes even blamed, and issues were swept under the carpet — often because of a warped and misguided sense of political correctness,” he added.

“That culture of denial which let them down so badly must be eradicated.”

The report into abuse in Oxfordshire accused authorities of “serious failings” in the way they treated young girls’ claims they were being abused by gangs of men.

Victims were plied with drugs and alcohol before being forced into prostitution, raped and drugged, the report said, but the local council failed to recognise the scale of the problem.

“What happened to the child victims of the sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire was indescribably awful,” said Alan Bedford, the author of the independent review.

Maggie Blyth, independent chair of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (OSCB) that had some responsibility for the girls, apologised.

“It is shocking that these children were subjected to such appalling sexual exploitation for so long. On behalf of the OSCB I would like to apologise,” she said.

The report has echoes of another investigation that last year identified at least 1,400 potential victims of child sexual exploitation in the northern English town of Rotherham.

The inquiry detailed gang rape, kidnapping and trafficking of girls as young as 11 between 1997 and 2013, but said local officials failed to act against the mainly South Asian men responsible for fear of being seen as racist.

Similar cases of widespread sexual abuse of children — sometimes by organised gangs — have been revealed in recent years in the cities of Derby and Rochdale.

Britain has also been gripped by revelations of child sex abuse by some of its best-loved celebrities and claims against top politicians and establishment officials.

The government announced last year it was setting up independent inquiry to look into how public institutions and bodies failed children going back decades.

But the probe has yet to get going after the first two chairwomen stepped down over accusations they were too close to the establishment. A New Zealand judge, Lowell Goddard, was named last month to take the helm.

Under Tuesday’s plans, the government will set up a new national whistleblowing helpline for public sector workers and a mechanism put in place to claw back pay-offs for those who failed to protect victims.

Child sexual abuse will also be prioritised as a national threat, Cameron said, meaning police forces will have a duty to share resources and intelligence.

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  • KSS
    Mar 5, 2015 - 2:37AM

    Your coverage of this report is a cover-up to hide the idententies of the culprits. Please find below part of the report published on BBC website.

    “The report also called for research into why a significant proportion of people convicted in these kind of cases are of “Pakistani and/or Muslim heritage”.

    In the Oxford case, known as Operation Bullfinch, two of the men were of east African origin and five of Pakistani origin.”

    In addition, all convicts in Rochdale, Birmingham, Telford groomong cases were Muslim of Pakistani origins married with teenage childrens.

    I must also stress here that vast majority of Muslims of Pakistani origin living in UK are nice, god fearing people who feel totally let down by these black sheeps.

    I urge you to report full facts.Recommend

  • Defence Analyst
    Mar 5, 2015 - 9:53AM

    @KSS

    While you may be right, please understand ET cannot publish full facts for two reasons:
    1) It may burst the bubble of being superior beings & the only pious creatures on this land, of its Pakistani readers; and secondly,
    2) Pakistan Army and/or the Taliban – both the agencies who alternatively control the media and what is shown on it, may not like if ET publishes all the facts.

    Therefore for the safety of the media personnels, it is mandatory for ET and all Pakistani newpapers to publish facts only : 1) in English, and, 2) partially. This ensures that the media offices in Pakistan do not get attacked or bombed.

    Thank you for your understanding.Recommend

  • Munazza
    Mar 5, 2015 - 9:55AM

    No Muslim will do such a thing. If they were incidentally born in a Muslim family and have a Muslim name doesn’t mean they are Muslims if they indulge in such heinous activities.

    Media has such double standards that whenever some non Muslim is exposed for similar or different crime the headline never says “Christian/Jew/Hindu gang busted”. It is sad that even our newspapers and media are contributing in defaming Islam. Why mention religion of culprits when they are not doing it in the name of religion at all.

    And you don’t need any research to know why significant portion of people convicted are from Muslim background. It is because significant portion of Muslim are just heredity Muslims and have either not bothered to learn or have forgotten the teachings of Islam.Recommend

  • Anon
    Mar 5, 2015 - 10:24AM

    @Munazza:

    yawnnnnnnnnn…………Recommend

  • imme
    Mar 5, 2015 - 12:16PM

    @muazza .. please stop selling out denial .. lets admit what they are and what they did . untill and unless we admit our mess we wont be in a position to make it right Recommend

  • KafirMusafir
    Mar 5, 2015 - 2:08PM

    @KSS…. didn’t someone that Muslim people look up to was married to a child bride? So why is this a surprise that Muslims do this? Do you think just because you take them out of Pakistan and settle them in England, they will stop their habits?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 5, 2015 - 2:49PM

    @KafirMusafir:
    You are spot on. When i sad something similar in the past ET decided to censor it. Even the media in Pakistan is controlled by the Taliban.
    You should run for the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Probably the only sane person living in the Land of the Pure.Recommend

  • Mar 5, 2015 - 4:36PM

    I heard one of the leaders of the tableeghi movement describe the virgins in heaven and their beauty – it was pure porn preaching in a mosque – makes you wonder what respect these men have for women in general and women who are in their words uncovered per se. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Mar 5, 2015 - 5:14PM

    @KafirMusafir:
    @Iqbal:

    “Muslim people look up to was married to a child bride”

    So you mean child marriage in Indian Hindus does not take place? Who they look up to when they do the same? If your god Krishna can marry to 16,000 nymphs and your goddess Draupadi can marry to 5 brothers at the same time, you guys have some real impudence to criticize others for following the norms of their culture of that time.Recommend

  • KSS
    Mar 5, 2015 - 6:16PM

    I urge all to make their comments in civilised manners. Attacking other religions or make rude remarks to prove ones point shows poor thinking and lack of sound judgmnent.Recommend

  • rbaruah
    Mar 5, 2015 - 6:52PM

    @bewildered
    Let us first assume that we are talking about real historical people, not mythological stories. After this, have you heard of consenting adults? How does that square with the coercion of children?Recommend

  • Iqbal
    Mar 5, 2015 - 8:08PM

    @Bewildered:

    I am not sure whether you understand the logic @KafirMusafir has put forward. Are you telling me that Hindus are divulging in these sort of crimes in UK? You may want to do your own research and learn that Hindus are the most law abiding people in UK and Muslims have the highest crime rate in UK. Does that not make you embarassed? I am!
    The problem with people like you is that you want to live in a world of denial and that is the problem of madrassa education today. I fully understand why UK wants to close all madrassa under their juridiction. When that happens we will be able to compete with others. Now we are at the bottom of the pile. Very few wants to give us decent jobs.Recommend

  • genesis
    Mar 5, 2015 - 10:01PM

    @Munazza:
    A similar disgusting activity took place at another city Rotherham where agians similar people were invovled and one cannot deny these facts that school chidlren were drugged threatned and sexually exploited….Recommend

  • Aleem
    Mar 6, 2015 - 1:53AM

    @Bewildered:
    Thank you sir for pointing out the crass double standards of those who judge Muslims nowadays.Recommend

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