An extremely disquieting report yet to see the light of the day is expected to astound everyone by the revelation that over 300 young people had been nurtured and exploited sexually in the last 15 years by various gangs operating in Oxfordshire. The systemic failures on the part of police and social service organizations resulted in the victims’ sufferings that included rape, sexual torture, and trafficking, as per the information received about the report. The victims included young girls mostly from Oxford, the area becoming notorious for scandals involving child sex abuse.
A source involved in the investigations told The Guardian that if one thought such problems were not there in one’s town or city, meant that one was not in the lookout for the same; meaning thereby that such problems were there practically in every town. The matter got exposed after the arrest of seven persons for a series of horrible sex crimes involving six victims of age between 11 and 15 years for a continuous period of seven years. Those men had been jailed in 2013, but a case review was to be published by the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board on Tuesday. The victims having a background in care brought their plight to the notice of concerned authorities several times, but the officials failed to believe them and act.
The findings are likely to reveal under what circumstances police officials disbelieved those girls and discarded their complaints. The report is likely to bring to the fore the extent of abuse in Oxfordshire, and it is widely believed that in the report over 300 victims groomed and abused between 1999 and 2014 have been identified. However, the figure of 300 may just be the tip of the iceberg.