UK Government Pulls Support Funding for Grooming Gang’s Child Rape Victims
£500,000 grant pulled, leaving victims with little support
The British government has decided to end the £500,000 grant, which is aimed at helping victims of child grooming gangs in Rotherham, according to a local MP.
In a letter to Labour MP Sarah Champion, Will Quince MP, who is the government’s parliamentary under-secretary of state for children and families, said the grant would end.
The investigation, which is being conducted by the National Crime Agency (NCA), is examining child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
Ms. Champion said there are 225 officers investigating some 284 suspected grooming gang members, as per the BBC.
She added that Operation Stovewood is expected to last for at least another seven years.
“The government’s decision to in effect cut the funding it provides to survivors of child abuse in Rotherham is outrageous."
“With a significant number of trials linked to Operation Stovewood expected in the coming year, this funding is needed now more than ever."
“Instead, the government has pulled the rug from under their feet.”
The government said that keeping children safe is a “priority," adding it could continue other sections of the funding.
“We recognize the challenges that councils are facing, including the pressure on children’s services, which is why we are providing local authorities councils with £4.8bn in new grant funding to help maintain vital frontline services, including children’s social care,” a spokesman said.
It's estimated that the yearly cost for Operation Stovewood reaches £6.9m per year.
Meanwhile, members of the pedophile grooming gang had previously received over $1 million in legal aid to help them defend criminal charges and fight deportation in 2018.
Neon Nettle reported at the time:
The pedophiles, who raped children as young as 13 years old, are now receiving British taxpayers' money to help them retain their British passports and stay in the country.
Despite the sick and depraved nature of their crimes, the "grooming gang" is using Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which safeguards their right to family life.
Former police detective turned whistleblower Maggie Oliver said the rape gangs “were let down by the state when the grooming first occurred, and they are still being let down by officialdom’s refusal to uphold the law, keep them informed or respect their human rights.”
Oliver said there has been “institutional cowardice” within British police which allowed gangs to operate.
One example of this was reported by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which found sexual abuse by members of “Asian” rape gangs was ignored for decades.
The Rotherham police chief inspector was quoted in the report telling a victim's father the town would “erupt” if the public became aware of the “Asian” grooming gangs abusing young white girls.
But this type of political correctness is not uncommon, as a report from the Mayor of Greater Manchester claimed officers were told to look for offenders of “other ethnicities” instead of South Asian-heritage men.