“There’s so much controversy but we need to talk about it.” Lawyers defending alleged abusers in court have stated that several perpetrators were in forced marriages or under cultural restrictions that made them unable to have normal or varied relationships.
Dipu Ahad, a councillor in Newcastle, said grooming was not just an issue for South Asian communities, adding “the only box they fit into is of abusers”.
“Nobody is saying that all Muslims commit abuse, but by saying it’s not an issue you’re silencing the victims,” she added.
Grooming gangs across the country are repeating the horrific abuse exposed in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and most recently Newcastle, victims and investigators have warned.There are mounting calls for nationwide action to combat sexual exploitation, with authorities accused of playing catch-up after ignoring victims “for decades and decades”.Pat Ritchie, the chief executive of Newcastle City Council, said “any area that says it does not have a problem is simply not looking for it”, while chief constable Steve Ashman of Northumbria Police told that investigators in Newcastle found that women and girls were being trafficked beyond the city, suggesting “there is a market” elsewhere.Dame Vera, who is the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, said the race or religion of perpetrators did not “make the slightest bit of difference” to investigators.“In the biggest cases we’ve seen recently, we can’t deny they’re Asian men,” he told “This is an opportunity to look at how we use our communities, our culture, our religion to combat these issues.” Mr Ahad said the grooming gangs in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and Newcastle were “not followers of Islam but were from Muslim communities”.
He called for ethnic minority groups to be given the tools to debate views on women and relationships without making them feel targeted, adding: “Discussions need to happen now because God forbid there might be another city or another town.” In Bradford, white children were over-represented in the latest figures among those affected compared to the general population, making up 70 per cent of open cases, compared to 16 per cent Asian and 7 per cent mixed.
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Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s specialist hub launched interventions for 861 children – including many who were referred more than once. Ms Woodhouse said she had also noted a growing number of grooming victims contacting her who were from the city.
Authorities behind an investigation that identified more than 700 women and girls as potential victims of sexual exploitation in North East England believe the abuse is happening far beyond areas where perpetrators have been caught.
The proportion of white British victims of sexual exploitation prompted intense national debate in August, where the former director of public prosecution Lord Mc Donald called grooming a “profoundly racist crime”, despite a judge later finding victims in Newcastle were not targeted by race.