Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation – Five Men Arrested
Posted on: August 5, 2020
The BBC has reported that Five men have been arrested over Rotherham Child Sexual Exploitation
The allegations are in respect of four girls and the offences are alleged to have taken place when they were aged between 11 and 16, some 20 years ago. Police Officers from the National Crime Agency, working as part of Operation Stovewood, arrested the men over the course of three days last week.
Child Sexual Exploitation by Organised Networks is one phase of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The Inquiry will focus on six geographical areas: St Helens, Tower Hamlets, Swansea, Durham, Bristol and Warwickshire. The Inquiry will place significant focus on the response of police forces and local authorities.
The Chair of the ongoing IICSA Inquiry, Professor Alexis Jay, carried out an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. Her report was published on 26th August 2014. Amongst the key findings of that report, it was estimated that 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. Prof. Jay described the abuse as “appalling” and said that it included the rape of girls as young as 11 by “large numbers of male perpetrators”.
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