The Shropshire town of Telford has been the centre of controversy for many outlets this week due to an investigation on a child abuse scandal.
The Sunday Mirror conducted an investigation collecting allegations of child grooming in the town and the finding are horrific.
The reports date back to the 1980s in which girls as young as 11 were drugged, beaten and raped – that’s up to 1,000 children in the last 40 years.
The local council as well as Shropshire’s Conservative leader has publicly announced to the press that they will try to crack down on finding the perpetrators.
However, within that historical 40-year span, those criminals are still out and about living their lives in the norm.
This is due to that fact that many cases have been ignored by the authorities; their sloppiness has led these rapist to continue abusing vulnerable citizens without facing consequences.
Though seven men were arrested in 2013 due to links with child prostitution, the authorities were warned more than a decade earlier of this activity.
What this tells us is that major improvements need to be made in tackling crimes across the country.
With law enforcement experiencing cuts, more and more crimes go unheard of in locations with small populations.
What’s also surprising is the response from social media as soon as the news was published.
Many have generalised Britain’s Asian community for these crimes due to previous scandals in places such as Rochdale.
A report published in 2017 revealed that those convicted in grooming gangs were 84% Asian.
As an Asian myself, I agree that this is a persistent problem in our community in the UK.
However, we are trying our best to cooperate with the authorities in order to get the culprits behind bars.
The actions of a few do not define us; only a mad man would be able to defend such monsters.
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