Members of the British Asian community are in “denial” about the issue of men of Pakistani origin grooming white girls for sex, the former Home Secretary Jack Straw has claimed.
He said that the scandal, exposed by the trial of nine Asian men jailed for grooming and sexual abuse of white girls in Rochdale, raised a problem which had to be “faced and addressed” within some communities in northern cities.
He was speaking after a damning report into the handling of abuse allegations in Rochdale by social workers, police and the Crown Prosecution Service which highlighted a catalogue of failing and “missed opportunities”.
The study, by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children’s Board, found that social workers repeatedly failed to take action in response to complaints from under-age girls who had fallen into the grip of a paedophile ring.
- Rochdale child grooming scandal: Town hall slammed for report delay (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)
- Leeds and Bradford links revealed to Asian grooming gang (yorkshirepost.co.uk)
- Rochdale children’s services team told to improve or government will take over (manchestereveningnews.co.uk)