Posted by Neil Hague - memes and headline comments by David Icke Posted on 16 January 2024

Exploitation in Rochdale; there are still 96 men at risk to children at-large in the area, which is “only a proportion of the individuals engaged in child sexual exploitation” over 2004-2013

The independent assurance review into historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rochdale, published today [15 January 2024], has found compelling evidence of widespread organised sexual exploitation of children within Rochdale from 2004 to 2012, and failures by statutory agencies at the time to respond appropriately.

This review was undertaken by child protection specialist Malcolm Newsam CBE and former senior police officer Gary Ridgway, who led the assurance review of Operation Augusta, published in 2020, and the review into historic safeguarding practices in Oldham, published in 2022.

The review considered the allegations made in the BBC documentary Betrayed Girls about child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester, including Rochdale, and by Sara Rowbotham, the Co-ordinator of the Crisis Intervention Team in Rochdale set up in 2002 to provide sexual health advice and support to young people, and Maggie Oliver, former Greater Manchester Police (GMP) Detective Constable.

The review covers the period from 2004 to 2013 and considers how specific concerns in respect of child sexual exploitation were handled by the statutory agencies at the time. The report details how the emerging threat of child sexual exploitation was not addressed between 2004 and 2007. In 2007, due to escalating concerns, the Crisis Intervention Team alerted GMP and Rochdale Council to the presence of an alleged organised crime group believed to be dealing in child sexual exploitation in Rochdale and using these children to facilitate the gang’s illicit dealing in Class A drugs. The Crisis Intervention Team identified at least 11 children they believed had been sexually exploited by this gang of Asian men.

GMP and Rochdale Council chose not to progress any investigation into these men. The review concludes this was a serious failure to protect these children. Although a small-scale police investigation started in 2007, run by a single detective. this did not look at the organised crime groups that were suspected to be exploiting children, and the investigation resulted in no charges or convictions.

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