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How a juror nearly freed the Rochdale child abusers by leaking news to the far right

by | 8th, May 2012

CHARLENE Downes is missing in Blackpool . Still missing. At Liverpool Crown Court, nine adult men have been jailed for using free booze and food to trap children living in Rochdale and Oldham into having sex with them.

The nine men are eight British Pakistanis and an illegal asylum seeker from Afghanistan. How relevant are those facts? A debate rages.

In one case, a 15-year-old girl was raped by 25 men in a single night. At the time, she was living at a children’s home in Rochdale.

In the Times , Andrew Norfolk says that hundreds of girls are being used for sex. These girls are often in the care of the State. He says that since 2007, there are 631 recorded incidents of girls being sold for sex.

He says that two girls from children’s homes in Manchester and Rochdale died in incidents “linked to their sexual abuse by men of Pakistani heritage”.

Norfolk’s report is damning of the care industry:

A “15-year-old girl from Rochdale who was not in care told police how she was passed around members of the British Pakistani community for sex. Police and care agencies took no action to protect her and during the next four months she was subjected to sustained sexual exploitation by at least 21 more men.”

The bravery of the five girls who testified against their attackers was nearly undone by a juror

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