Most child sexual abuse gangs made up of white men, Home Office report says
- The majority of child sexual abuse gangs in the UK are made up of white men under the age of 30, an official Home Office paper has said, dispelling the myth of ‘Asian grooming gangs’ popularised by the far right
- The report covers England, Scotland and Wales and summarises a range of studies on the issue of group-based child sexual exploitation (CSE)
- High-profile cases including in Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford have involved groups of men of mainly Pakistani ethnicity, fuelling a perception that it is an “Asian problem”.
- “Asian grooming gangs” have become a cause celebre for the far right, with a number of high-profile figures mounting campaigns across the country
- The report said: “Research has found that group-based child sexual exploitation offenders are most commonly white. Some studies suggest an overrepresentation of black and Asian offenders relative to the demographics of national populations. However, it is not possible to conclude that this is representative of all group-based CSE offending”