The Rotherham scandal continues to generate outrage and disgust. The abuse of an estimated 1,400 children - let down by police, social workers and councillors - represents a betrayal of trust on an almost unimaginable scale.The abuse often took place in public: many of the crimes were committed in taxis. Teachers knew, social workers knew, even parents knew. The police were deaf to cries for help. As Professor Alexis Jay's report put it: "Parents were often not reporting a missing child as they saw it as a waste of time."

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