- Study carried out in wake of conviction of grooming gang in Derbyshire
Last updated at 5:24 PM on 29th June 2011
A disproportionate number of child sex offenders ‘are Asian men’ a survey appears to suggest.
The report was undertaken after the conviction of the ringleaders of a grooming gang in Derbyshire which preyed on girls aged between 12 and 18.
Half of the 2,379 offenders identified in the research revealed today by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre gave their ethnicity, with 26 per cent of those being Asian and 38 per cent white.
This compares with the general population of the UK which is around 90 per cent white and about four per cent Asian.
Controversy erupted over the ethnicity issue when former justice secretary Jack Straw accused some Pakistani men in Britain of seeing white girls as ‘easy meat’ for sexual abuse.
In January, Mr Straw said child sex grooming was a ‘specific problem’ in the Pakistani community which needed to be ‘more open’ about the reasons behind it.
However, Peter Davies, director of the CEOP, warned that the data was not comprehensive enough to draw firm conclusions.
He said: ‘Focusing on this problem simply through the lens of ethnicity does not do it service.’
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