A damning report has been released by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the government organisation responsive for ensuring UK police forces are operating correctly concerning the child sexual exploitation (CSE) discovered in Rotherham, reports the Guardian.
This report follows an earlier investigation commissioned by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and carried out by Professor Alexis Jay. The report, released on 21 August 2014, states at a "conservative estimate" approximately 1400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
The Jay report goes on to indicate serious police failings during this time. The report states: "the scale and seriousness of the problem was underplayed by senior managers. At operational level, the police gave no priority to CSE, regarding many child victims with contempt and failing to act on their abuse as a crime."