INTERVIEWING the former detective Maggie Oliver about the Rochdale grooming gang scandal (of mainly Pakistani-origin sex gangs targeting mainly white girls), Julie Bindel reveals that despite many prosecutions and high-profile trials, such gangs ‘are still operating on its streets today’.
Ms Oliver was the whistleblower who exposed the catastrophic failures of Greater Manchester Police to protect the child victims, appalled by the indifference of some officers and by the reluctance to deal robustly with the issue at the highest levels of government, namely the Home Office. This, she told Bindel, was particularly apparent after the 7/7 terrorist attack in London – perversely owing to fears of accusations of prejudice.
Since leaving the police force she has set up a charity, The Maggie Oliver Foundation, to help the victims and has written about this establishment negligence in her new book, Survivors.
The book, Bindel says, attributes the failure of police forces to take the victims seriously to ‘misogyny’, a view she endorses. But what Bindel fails to focus on in this interview is the wider political and social context. This is of a Labour Party much of whose white working-class constituency had moved out of the cities, leaving behind fractured and politically uninterested ‘communities’, broken by the decline of marriage, the rise of serial cohabitation and welfare dependency; and of the more recently arrived and also more cohesive Pakistani immigrant communities who provided Labour with a much more promising and active voter base.
Bindel also omits the role of police in ignoring the age of sexual consent in these ‘relationships’ and the part played by health service officials who consistently ignored the coercive element in requests for birth control and abortion by girls too young in law to consent to sex, falling back on the politically correct ‘Gillick competency’ test (to demonstrate maturity in under-age girls) to say that these girls were exercising their personal autonomy, issues previously documented in The Conservative Woman here, here and here.
Most significantly of all, Bindel’s interview contains no reference to the ‘official’ influence of a culture, especially in the classroom, that has promoted ‘female empowerment’ in matters of sex, which has been proved not to work but to disempower young girls and leave them vulnerable to predators posing as boyfriends.
According to the prosecutor in the Rotherham sex gang case, Michelle Colborne QC, none of the victims had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited, but apparently they were considered mature enough to undergo abortion, effectively covering up the rape. Many of those girls were ‘in care’, but despite this, last year Rotherham Council regained control of the services that were stripped from them in February 2015.
Operation Stovewood, overseen by the National Crime Agency and comprising 22 separate investigations, was set up in 2014 and is expected to last until 2024 at an estimated cost of £90million.
However, we still await a public inquiry into the damage done by decades of value-free sex education, its twin priorities seemingly to encourage children to ‘have sex’ while stopping them from having babies. Indeed, far from demanding such an inquiry, politically correct sex educators have added more non-procreative sex to the menu, teaching children about same-sex relationships and transgender issues, leaving them vulnerable to even more exploitation and psychological turmoil.
We expect and need better from governments and their ‘expert’ advisers than to target vulnerable youngsters, exploiting their innocence and corrupting them in the classroom – the very place where they should be protected. Julie Bindel says that grooming gangs are still abusing girls today, but so are politicians and sex campaigners; sadly, there is very little chance that the latter will ever be put on trial.