A new report suggests that police in Manchester did not take action against a grooming gang because of fears of inciting racial hatred – Despite knowing that victims were “subject to profound abuse”.
57 victims were identified in the investigation, mostly white girls aged from 12 to 16 years of age, and 97 potential suspects, most of who have Asian backgrounds. The young girls were groomed and abused in the Manchester region.
Victims repeatedly reported the attacks to police officers, even including names and addresses of the perpetrators. However, almost all cases fell on deaf ears as police did not take any action due to fears of accusations of racism.
The new report suggests that the police dropped the investigation into the grooming gangs at least partially because of “sensitive community issues” and concerns “about the risk of proactive tactics or the incitement of racial hatred.”
Asian grooming gangs were free to walk the streets because police were told to “find other ethnicities” to investigate according to one detective.
The report quotes an unnamed GMP (Greater Manchester Police) detective constable as saying “What had a massive input was the offending target group were predominantly Asian males and we were told to try and get other ethnicities.”
“The authorities knew that many were being subjected to the most profound abuse and exploitation but did not protect them from the perpetrators. This is a depressingly familiar picture and has been seen in many other towns and cities across the country.” stated the independent review.
The grooming gang scandal in Britain was revealed in 2012, when it came out that an estimated 1 500 victims had been abused. One woman who was abused by grooming gangs for years says that she was arrested by police – Not her abusers.
When she was loaded with drugs by her abusers, police issued her with a warning for possessing the narcotics. She was also arrested for facilitating a child sex offence after being in the same cars as an abuser and another underage girl. She reports she was arrested around five times in total.
Almost 19 000 children have been sexually groomed in England in the past year according to official figures.