‘Isabel’ and Arshid — A Rotherham ‘Couple’

by Ian Tuttle

I wrote earlier today about the British-government researcher in Rotherham assigned to diversity training for reporting the sexual exploitation of 270 girls in 2002 — more than a decade before August’s bombshell study finding that 1,400 Rotherham-area children were sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013. Among the cases the researcher tried to report was that of “Isabel,” who was groomed and abused beginning when she was 14 years old.

Her alleged abuser was Arshid Hussain, a British Pakistani with arrests for robbery and affray (fighting in public). Isabel’s story is told in the latest episode of BBC’s Panorama, an investigative current affairs show, which aired in the U.K. on Monday. If you want to get a sense of the extent of the exploitation that last month’s “Independent Inquiry” exposed, consider that Isabel’s experience was common among Rotherham girls: Seventeen others — all under the age of 16 — also reported being victimized by Hussain.

Not only was Hussain never charged for his reported sexual exploitation of children. He was never even questioned by police. As Isabel notes, Hussain was repeatedly able to avoid inquiry by utilizing “the race card.”

Here is Isabel’s story, via BBC’s Panorama:

The full half-hour episode, entitled “Stolen Childhoods: The Grooming Scandal,” is available here.



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