Abuse concerns hampered by ‘racism fear’


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A fear of being called racist is forbidding authorities investigating the reasons behind child abuse cases, an MP has claimed.

Rotherham MP Sarah Campaigner was speaking after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to fool sex.

Mostly British-born, they are from Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Turkish communities.

Ms Advocate said asking if there were «cultural issues» was simply «youth protection».

Northumbria Police said society «can’t be afraid to have this confabulation».

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Champion, Labour’s shadow concubines and equalities minister, said gang-related child sexual exploitation requires «predominately Pakistani men» who were involved in such cases «time and time after time and time again».

«The government aren’t researching what is going on. Are these cultural results? Is there some sort of message going out within the community?» she mean.

Ms Champion said the «far right» would attack her comments for «not doing enough» and the «floppy hand» would call her racist.

«This isn’t racist, this is child safe keeping,» said the MP for Rotherham, where at least 1,400 children were originate to have been exploited between 1997 and 2013.

‘White girls dispensable’

The issue was not being dealt with because «people are more yellow to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about work out child abuse», Ms Champion said.

Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramadhan Base said the debate needed putting in context.

«Amongst these criminals there is a mindset that they reckon that white girls are worthless,» he said.

«They don’t have any value for their standing within society and therefore they think they can be inured to and abused in that way.

«But the vast majority of child sex abuse carried out in this mother country is carried out by white men — through the home, through family networks and inclusive of the internet.»

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Steve Ashman demanded the force did not ask about religious background on arrest.

As those arrested beneath the waves Operation Sanctuary were from a number cultural backgrounds, «who do I element that finger towards to say you have an issue here, culturally?» he express.

Some communities’ attitude to «women, principally white women» be in want of addressing, he said.

«But the discussion has to take place beyond policing.»

Prior director of public prosecutions Lord Macdonald said there had been a disrelish in the past to investigate gangs from some Asian communities end vulnerable white girls.

«Some recognition that this is a ungovernable» was needed, he said.

All communities needed to address it, «not pretending it’s something else, not retiring away from it, recognising it for what it is, which is profoundly racist misdemeanour», he said.

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