About eight miles from Sheffield in central England, the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham is home to just over 258,000 residents — for comparison, about as many as reside in its transatlantic "twin town," Buffalo, N.Y.
It's also home to a local government, child-social-services agency, and police department that effectively countenanced at least 1,400 instances of "child sexual exploitation" (CSE) between 1997 and 2013 — and that is a "conservative" estimate, according to the "Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham," just released by Rotherham's Metropolitan Borough Council. How could police and local leaders ignore the victimization of so many children? In part, thank political correctness.
Authored by Professor Alexis Jay, an expert and government adviser on social work, the inquiry was based on 988 children known to have been victims of sexual exploitation, defined by the United Kingdom as involving young people under the age of 18 in "exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities."