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Grooming and sexual abuse of young people not confined to ‘gritty northern towns,’ says charity

Published January 1, 2015 by misty534

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The grooming and sexual exploitation of children by adults happens in every town and city across the country and is “not confined to Asian gangs in gritty northern towns,” a charity said today.

Although the exact total number of young people at high risk of sexual abusers in the UK is not known – said to be more than the 16,000 quoted by a BBC report – the “global crime” is said to be likely to occur in every part of the country.

Fleur Strong, a spokeswoman for Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace), told The Independent: “Sexual exploitation of children has been going on for a very long time and it is a global crime so we will find it across the UK.

“We need to get past the idea that it only happens in gritty northern towns to certain types of girls by certain types of perpetrators.”

The claim is echoed by a report by the Children’s Commissioner, which shows that children from all locations, ages and socio-economic backgrounds have been victim to sexual abuse by adults.

Grooming is the term used to describe the acts of distancing a vulnerable child away from their parents and family with the use of gifts and attention with the intent to sexually abuse them. So-called legal highs are also used by predators to hook young people on them before potentially using harder drugs.

Ms Strong added that focusing solely on the cases of sexual abuse found in northern parts of the country ignores the possibility that it could happen to young people who do not fit the “cliché”.

In Rochdale, Greater Manchester, a gang of nine who were – all but one – British Pakistani men were sentenced in 2012 to a total of 77 years in prison for the conspiracy and act of raping under-age white girls in 2008 and 2009. More than a dozen more sex abuse rings by Asian men in northern England have been investigated since.

Rochdale, where nine men were jailed for abusing vulnerable teenage girls

Rochdale, where nine men were jailed for abusing vulnerable girlsMs Strong added: “If we just always try to make it look like a certain type of perpetrator it actually takes away from the fact that the crime is more subtle than that. We have got to be careful that it doesn’t become a cliché.

“There’s no question that there is a certain modus operandi that is going on, we shouldn’t challenge the facts but it is not the whole picture.

“We’re not seeing the victims that come from black and ethnic minority background, the boy victims, the white middle class girls. It’s a more complex crime than I think society realises.”

A child abduction order against an adult who a child insists is their boyfriend or girlfriend can be issued up until the age of 16 for young people who live in a family home, however they are extended to the age of 18 for those in the care of a local authority.


The grey area is cited by Pace as being one of the major block in the social services assisting parents with their concerns as Ms Strong claims that many teenagers are sexually abused right up until at least their early 20s.

Lamiat Sabin

Letter: Grooming still a big problem

Published July 4, 2013 by misty534

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THE Lancashire Telegraph is to be applauded for the ‘Keep Them Safe’ campaign which seven years ago quite dramatically exposed and identified gangs of depraved older predatory Asian males grooming and sexually exploiting vulnerable young white girls.

It culminated in the the groundbreaking formation of the local Engage Team, an inter-agency approach to this sickening and pernicious problem.

There is no doubt in my mind that the systematic failure of the police and social services to act effectively and protect these girls can be laid firmly at the door of the Macpherson Inquiry, following the death of Stephen Lawrence, when he labelled the Metropolitan Police as being an ‘institutionally racist’ organisation.

It was an indictment accepted without protest by the weak and liberal-minded leaders of all provincial forces whose inexcusable reaction to such a label was to look the other way and pussyfoot and tiptoe around any criminal activity that may have had racial content and possibly undermined their official creed of cultural diversity.

I have also believed for some time that Britain’s complacent Pakistani community must urgently confront and address this issue themselves, and it is refreshing to read that at last Asian community leaders have finally recognised their responsibility and are to deliver sermons in mosques and madrasas condemning this barbaric practice (LT June 29).

Sadly, the recent sentencing of the Oxford paedophile ring reminds us all that this evil in our midst still exists.


Lancashire Telegraph