YOUNG Rotherham girls who were exploited for sex have been let down by the social services and the police it was admitted this week.
But Rotherham Council leader Roger Stone said lessons had been learned and claims of inactivity over the issue of grooming youngsters for sex were wrong.
Cllr Stone was speaking in the wake of reports based on leaked police and social services documents dating back to 2000 which reveal a catalogue of child sexual exploitation, mostly involving men of Pakistani heritage and white girls aged 12 to 16.
He said: “The impression given in the national media that we have not acted to tackle sexual exploitation could not be further from the truth.
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“This authority has been committed to working on this problem for a long time and has had a dedicated team working with young girls for around 15 years.
“There is still more work to be done locally, regionally and nationally but our commitment in Rotherham to keeping vulnerable people safe and well is our top priority.
“We will not tolerate sexual exploitation and we will continue to work closely with police to bring people to justice for these horrible crimes against our vulnerable young people.”
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