Birmingham child sex exploitation 'similar' to Rotherham abuse scandal

Police have published a damning child sexual exploitation problem profile document Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Police have published a damning child sexual exploitation problem profile document and admitted ‘significant similarities’ to the Rotherham abuse scandal.

The 125-page report revealed startling new details about on-street grooming gangs and online perverts targeting children in the West Midlands.

The document tells how the CSE situation in Birmingham has ‘significant similarities’ with Rotherham, where 1,600 victims were abused over a number of years by Asian on-street grooming gangs.

It goes on to state:

  • Most offenders are typically Asian, of Pakistani origin, aged from 17 to 40

  • A number of organised crime groups associated with CSE exist in the West Midlands, many in areas with high population densities of Pakistan heritage

  • Victims are typically white girls aged 13 to 16, with approximately a third living in care

  • Victims are transported across the Midlands and further afield whilst ‘missing’ and are often abused by multiple men

  • Targeting of youngsters takes place mainly at children’s homes and schools, while abuse takes place in private houses or hotels often under the guise of ‘house parties’. Offences also take place in parks.

The report contains 46 recommendations, including ordering councils and police to improve CSE data collection as well as offering more training to staff to increase awareness.