According to Sajid Javid’s Home Office, research and findings on the characteristics of grooming gangs across the United Kingdom is not in “public interest”.
After it was found that nearly 19,000 suspected victims of child sex exploitation transpired in just one year, survivors blamed the government for making “empty promises” on ending, or even addressing, the epidemic.
After Javid’s statement, no further statements on the review have been made. According to The Independent, the outlet was told that the work had been finished but it would only be used for internal policy-making and would not be released publicly.
Even after a freedom of information request inquiring on the research and reports, the British Home Office said they held the information but it would not be released.
In a statement, the Home Office claimed:
Disclosure would risk pre-empting decisions still to be made by ministers. In addition, the information could be misleading if made public and used out of context. We recognize that this topic in general and any insight and learning are matters of strong public interest, although it does not necessarily follow that it is in the public interest to disclose any specific information relating to it.
The Home Office has explained that it will soon publish a national strategy that will create a “whole system response to all forms of child sexual abuse”.
However, until the new system is made and utilized as promised, it seems that the U.K. Home Office is content on allowing the sexual abuse and grooming of children to continue unabashed.
Seeing as how the epidemic of different sex grooming gangs around the United Kingdom has been reported since 2018, it seems that the matter is not a pressing issue to British authorities. As sad as this is, it is likely a trend that will only continue, as the U.K. continues to allow itself to aid and abet criminal behavior among its refugee population.