Rotherham is a town located in South Yorkshire, England, with a population of approximately 260,000 people. The town is situated on the River Don and is known for its rich history in coal mining, steel production, and engineering.
In recent years, Rotherham has gained national attention due to a high-profile child sexual exploitation scandal that occurred between the late 1980s and 2010. A report published in 2014 found that over 1,400 children were sexually abused in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, mostly by men of Pakistani heritage. The report also found that authorities had failed to respond to the issue adequately and that there had been a culture of denial and cover-up.
Since the scandal, efforts have been made to improve child protection services in Rotherham, and there has been a significant increase in the reporting of child sexual exploitation cases. Despite the controversy, Rotherham remains an important cultural and economic center in South Yorkshire, with a range of amenities, including shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
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