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Charity finds mostly white child abusers in Rotherham

by Sadie Robinson
Issue No. 2467

A children’s charity has said that child sexual exploitation (CSE) is continuing in Rotherham, South Yorkshire—and that most of the abusers are white.

A report by professor Alexis Jay published a year ago estimated that at least 1,400 children had suffered CSE between 1997 and 2013.

Barnado’s boss Javed Khan said, “From the Jay Report there was a very strong message that Asian male perpetrators were behind the abuse.

“But what I’m seeing now from my visits is that since 2013 the majority of perpetrators are white.”

He added that around 20 percent of the victims Barnado’s had been in contact with were boys.

“Many new cases of child sexual exploitation have arisen over the period since September 2013 and we’ve identified 40 children who are at risk,” he said.

The real number is likely to be higher because Barnado’s has only had one worker finding victims in Rotherham for most of that time.

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