Yorkshire MP Sarah Champion has today spoken of the need to acknowledge that the “majority of perpetrators have been British-Pakistani” in the towns where grooming cases against young girls have occurred.
The Labour MP for Rotherham, called for more Government research and added that the lack of action is because people are “more afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse”.
Child sex abuse: Sarah Champion says race and culture ‘should be considered’
A fear of being called racist is preventing authorities considering whether culture or race is behind cases of child abuse, an MP has claimed.
Rotherham MP Sarah Champion was speaking after 17 men were convicted of forcing girls in Newcastle to have sex.
Mostly British-born, they are from Iraqi, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian and Turkish communities.
Ms Champion said asking if there were “cultural issues” was simply “child protection”.
Northumbria Police said society “can’t be afraid to have this discussion”.