Thursday, 23 June 2011
"Closed" Asian communities are hampering investigations into child sexual exploitation, the children's minister, Tim Loughton, has warned.

He claimed that a combination of political correctness and racial sensitivities have kept cases of child sex grooming by Asian gangs "under the radar".

Mr Loughton made the comments in an interview for the BBC Politics Show in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, which has been investigating claims that girls as young as 12 have been targeted by organised Asian gangs.

He said: "In many cases we are dealing with some closed communities. Closed in terms of things being able to go on under the radar and away from the public glare. I think that political correctness and racial sensitivities have in the past been an issue.

"I want to send out a message loud and clear that although we have to be aware of certain characteristics of various ethnic communities and be sensitive as to how we deal with them, a BME (Black Minority Ethnic) tag is not an excuse for us not to investigate vigorously any abuse that may be going on."



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