Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse ‘extensive’
Vulnerable women are most likely being “extensively” abused across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a report says.
He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.
The operation identified about 700 victims in total across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle.
Police appeared to punish victims of Newcastle grooming gangs, review finds
Report into work of Operation Sanctuary finds 700 girls and women were victims of gangs
Grooming gangs who preyed on 700 women and girls in north-east England acted with “arrogant persistence” after police were seen to be punishing victims for their situation, a serious case review has found.
The report from the retired barrister David Spicer into the response by authorities in Newcastle to child sexual exploitation concluded that victims received effective protection following the launch of a Northumbria police investigation in January 2014. Prior to that, however, the force’s actions lacked consistency and had little impact, it said.
Seventeen men and one woman were jailed last August for being part of a network that plied 22 women and girls aged from 13 to 25 with drink and drugs before sexually assaulting them between 2011 and 2014.
Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board and Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board
Joint Serious Case Review Concerning Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adults with Needs for Care and Support in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Newcastle: Victim says sexual exploitation still going on
It is six months since 18 people were convicted of sexual exploitation and drugs offences in Newcastle.
Operation Sanctuary found that vulnerable girls and women were targeted by a network of men who were mostly from Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian backgrounds.
Meanwhile, one victim of sexual exploitation in the city says abuse still continues.