​Police suppressed child sex abuse report ahead of 2010 UK election

(RT)  – Britain’s second largest police force suppressed the release of a report detailing how criminal gangs were sexually grooming vulnerable young girls, over fears its findings would spark racial tensions ahead of Britain’s 2010 general election.

West Midlands Police were informed in 2010 that 139 girls — some
of whom were only 13 years of age — were at serious risk of
exploitation from groups of men. However, the force failed to
issue a public alert or appeal for information.

This sobering revelation was first uncovered by the Birmingham
Mail under Freedom of Information (FoI). The paper had submitted
its request as part of a broader investigation into sexual
exploitation of children.

A document dating back to March 2010, sent to the Birmingham
Mail, suggests Asian gangs were targeting children’s care home
and schools in the West Midlands area.

Titled ‘Problem Profile, Operation Protection,’ the files also
indicate young Caucasian girls were coerced into recruiting their
peers into the gang’s web of exploitation.

Allegedly produced by senior intelligence officers, the report’s
findings caused concern ahead of May 2010’s General Election.
Fears it could drum up racial tensions and cause commotion ahead
of polling day allegedly led to its suppression.

The documents, released under FoI, have been heavily redacted.

One passage reads: “In [redacted] a teacher at a [redacted]
that a group of Asian males were approaching pupils at the school
gate and grooming them. Strong anecdotal evidence shows this MO
[modus operandi] is being used across the force.

“Operations in other forces have identified an MO where
offenders use a young girl in a children’s home to target and
groom other residents on their behalf.”

The file further suggests recruiting other youngsters was a means
for victims to “escape the cycle of abuse” they were
forced to deal with. It says this pattern had surfaced in other
English regions.

The internal report, seen by the Birmingham Mail, said police had
identified as many as 139 victims. Some 78 percent were white,
while over 50 percent were aged 13 to 15.

Half of these victims, who hailed from Birmingham, Dudley and
Walsall, lived with their parents. Meanwhile, 41 percent were in
residential care.

At the time of the investigation, police located 75 grooming
suspects, most of whom had a history of sexual offences. The
report says most of these criminal suspects had an Islamic
background and lived in Birmingham.

The report uncovered evidence of what it described as “a high
level of organized criminality”
in the West Midlands, with
numerous offenders working in unison to target, groom and exploit
victims.

It said young girls were forced into prostitution by these sex
abuse networks, and severe intimidation was used to keep them
silent.

Speaking to RT on Friday, Assistant Chief Constable Carl Foulkes
said the released files offer valuable insight into West Midland
Police’s methods for investigating and tackling child sex abuse.

“There is no doubt that there has been a significant cultural
change within the force in respect of this issue and it is now
very clear that the responsibility of tackling child sexual
exploitation lies with every police officer, staff member, PCSO
and special constable,”
he said.

“We continue to take great steps and as a result of our
efforts … we are seeing more victims coming forward to report
abuse,”
he added.

West Midlands Police insisted it takes allegations of child sex
abuse very seriously, and will continue to treat all reports of
such offenses “sensitively and respectfully.”

It is unclear whether the West Midlands Police force was advised
by Gordon Brown’s then-Labour government to withhold the report’s
findings from the public ahead of the 2010 general election.
However, a spokesperson for the force told RT on Friday all
police bodies across the UK are answerable to Westminster.

The release of the files comes after Britain’s National Crime
Agency (NCA) identified 300 potential suspects in an
investigation into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The
law enforcement agency revealed on Wednesday that two suspects
under investigation previously acted as councilors in the South
Yorkshire town.


This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.