Witnesses: Noninvolvement, British Style

On a busy street in Portsmouth, England, the usual swell of pedestrians was going about the business of the day when suddenly some men appeared dragging a 13-year-old girl. She fought and screamed, begging for help as the men forced her into a car. No one did anything; some of the pedestrians did not even stop walking. When the car finally sped away with its captive, not one of the bystanders even took down the license. number. "Yes, I heard the girl screaming," said one man later. "But I didn't take any notice."

Last week some Britons took notice.

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