Further inquiry into events in Rotherham is revealing the degree of corruption that facilitated two decades of child sexual exploitation in the central England town. A Home Office researcher who says her report into the widespread abuse in the early 2000s was suppressed now says, according to the Sheffield Telegraph, that she was also the victim of threats from police officers aware of her investigation.
The researcher, who has not been identified in media reports, testified in private before the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee on Thursday. Conservative Member of Parliament Nicola Blackwood told reporters:
The researcher told us she was threatened in her car at night by two police officers.
“They said wouldn’t it be a bad thing if some of those men found out where she lived. She feared for her life.”
South Yorkshire police chief David Crompton said that he was not aware of the incident.
A independent inquiry report released late last month estimated that 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. Because the abusers were frequently from Rotherham’s British-Pakistani community, local government leaders, social-services workers, and law enforcement ignored or refused to pursue victims’ claims.