London: Hundreds of young British girls
were allegedly being exploited by gangs of people of Pakistani
heritage in the UK, local media reported on Wednesday.
Most of the victims are white and most of the
convicted offenders are of Pakistani heritage, unlike other
known models of child-sex offending in Britain, including
child abuse initiated by online grooming, in which the vast
majority of perpetrators are white, according to a report in
Northern police forces have investigated gangs of
on-street predators for at least 14 years. In the most serious
cases, children have been moved around the country in cars and
used for sex by older men.
This has led to abortions for girls as young as 12. In
November, a court heard that when a South Yorkshire victim,
aged 13, was examined by a nurse it was found that she have
been raped more than 50 times.
Most forces, in common with charities and agencies
working to help girls who have endured weeks and sometimes
months and years of repeated sexual abuse, have denied
publicly that ethnicity has any relevance to this pattern of
The newspaper has identified 17 court prosecutions
since 1997, 14 of them during the past three years, involving
the on-street grooming of girls aged 11 to 16 by groups of
men. The victims came from 13 towns and cities and in each
case two or more men were convicted of offences.
In total, 56 people, with an average age of 28, were
found guilty of crimes including rape, child abduction,
indecent assault and sex with a child. Three of the 56 were
white, 53 were Asian. Of those, 50 were Muslim and a majority
were members of the British Pakistani community.
According to the report, those convicted represent
only a small proportion of what one detective described as a
"tidal wave" of offending that has been uncovered in
Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and some Midlands