It's the crime no one wants to take responsibility for. The same statements are trotted out time after time. "Missed opportunities" and "lessons have been learned" are the stock phrases we've grown tired of hearing from council officers and police chiefs. But the horror stories keep coming. Children being trafficked from one town to the next, raped in dingy flats then beaten, held at gun point, doused in petrol and threatened to be set alight if they so much as breathe a word. This is not happening in some war-torn Eastern Bloc country. It's happening here in Britain and all we're seeing is a lot of hand wringing from unsackable, unaccountable and unapologetic public servants.

This week the focus centered on Rotherham, as we learned that gangs of Asian men raped some 1,400 children while the council blatantly played down the problem and the police looked the other way. A report said that police "regarded many child victims with contempt" and social workers were afraid to act for fear of being seen as racist. It's the most shameful example of public services letting down vulnerable children I've ever seen.

But don't believe this is just happening in South Yorkshire. The same horrible scenes are being played out elsewhere with the same pathetic response from protective services allowing evil rapists to not only continue ruining lives but also feel emboldened in the process.

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