One in four Asian men behind ‘sexual grooming’ of underage Brit girls: Report

Last Updated: Jun 30, 2011, 13:29 PM IST

London: One in four men accused of ‘street grooming’ underage British girls for sex is Asian, a report has revealed.

According to a report released by Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, out of 1,217 offenders whose ethnicity had been recorded, 346 were Asian, 367 white, 38 black, 464 unknown and two Chinese.

Offenders are suspected of attempting to lure vulnerable victims, often using drugs and alcohol, over the past three years, the Daily Mail reports.

Analysis revealed that 28 per cent of offenders are Asian, the ethnic group makes up just six per cent of the UK population.

The majority of offenders were men aged between 18 and 24, with many using flattery and gifts to make victims believe they had an ‘older boyfriend,’ the report said.

Of the 2,083 victims, 61 percent were white, and most aged 14 or 15. Many were in care, or had a history of running away from home.

The report was ordered after the ringleaders of a Derby gang, which subjected a string of vulnerable girls to rapes and sexual assaults, were jailed earlier this year.

Following the case, former home secretary Jack Straw accused some Pakistani men in Britain of seeing white girls as ‘easy meat’ for sexual abuse.

ANI