Girls as young as 11 had been raped by large numbers of men over a 16-year period, according to a new report on events in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, between 1997 and 2013.
Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report, said councillors seemed to think is was a one-off problem which they hoped would go away and "several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist":
They were raped by multiple perpetrators, trafficked to other towns and cities in the north of England, abducted, beaten and intimidated.
By far the majority of perpetrators were described as 'Asian' by victims.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.