The Sun, 16 May 1986 p.11
A judge slammed the scandal of ‘rentboy’ vice rings in London’s West End yesterday as he jailed a gay social worker for four years.
Judge John Hazan QC, said at the Old Bailey: ‘This evil trade must stop.
“One can only hope that the realisation by punters of the dangers of sexual transmission of diseases such as AIDS will give them cause for thought.”
His attack came after Abraham Jacob, 45, was convicted of living off the earnings of teenaged male prostitutes.
The judge told him: “You must learn that young men are not pieces of meat on display on a rack to be sold like merchandise in the market.”
Jacob who cared for the elderly was found guilty by [ ] majority after the jury retired for 14 hours.
The court heard that Jacob, a senior care officer with London’s Islington council worked a gay vice ring called ‘The Meat Rack’ in Piccadilly Circus.
Runaway boys were displayed in Wimpy bar windows for clients to select for sex.
The judge told Jacob: “You are a menace to young men. They are human beings entitled to be treated with dignity.” The judge also praised the police for mounting ‘Operation Circus’ to smash the rings.
The Sun 3rd May 1986 p.25
Community Care, 22nd May 1986
The People, 18th May 1986
Daily Mail, 16th May 1986
Daily Mail, 15th May 1986
An Islington Gazette cutting from November 1983 shows that former Islington Council leader Margaret Hodge signed a petition to ban the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), an organisation that wanted to lower the age of consent to 4 years old.
Mrs Hodge’s anti-paedophile stance must have been the cause of constant arguments, since her husband, Henry Hodge, and her close friends Harriet Harman and Jack Dromey, were all senior officials of the National Council for Civil Liberties (NCCL), which was affiliated to the Paedophile Information Exchange.
Although Margaret Hodge was well aware of PIE’s activities, she says she was unaware that paedophiles wanted to work with children. During her time as leader (1982-1992), every one of Islington’s children’s homes was infiltrated by paedophiles.
She recently tried to explain her total failure to protect children in care from paedophile rings, prostitution, and trafficking by saying “All that happened when we didn’t really understand child abuse in the way that we understand it now. This was the early 90s … It was only beginning to emerge that paedophiles were working with children, in children’s homes and elsewhere”. (Guardian 27/04/13)
It’s strange that she doesn’t remember two major incidents before the 90s which proved that paedophiles were working with children in Islington children’s homes.
1983: Islington care worker John Picton was charged with kidnapping a 13 year old boy from a children’s home
1986: Former Islington care worker Abraham Jacob was jailed for running a child prostitution racket.
Islington Gazette, 21st June 1986
Islington Gazette, 23rd May 1986