COMMENT: A national scandal that shames us all

ROCHDALE, Greater Manchester, is a long way from the prosperous county of Oxfordshire.

So why should anyone here pay the slightest bit of notice to a new report on a scandal in the northern town?

The answer is simple: the scandal in question involved the trafficking of vulnerable young girls for sex by a gang of men and the shocking way the victims were failed by police, social services and all other agencies.

Sound familiar? It should do. Something very similar happened here, resulting in seven men being jailed for a total of 95 years for a catalogue of horrific abuse.

This is not Rochdale’s problem. It is not Oxfordshire’s problem. It is Britain’s problem. And it should shame us all until the day it is stamped out forever.

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