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BBC ‘Inside Out’ to explore Asian sex abuse rings

The BBC’s Inside Out current affairs program is to explore the issue of sexual grooming of young white girls by Asian men.

The program, to be aired Monday November 05, will be presented by Mohammed Shafiq, chairman of the Ramadhan Foundation, a youth organization which campaigns against child grooming.

Mr Shafiq said: “I have been campaigning against child grooming since 2006 and so I was pleased that the BBC commissioned me to do this programme.

“Throughout these years and debates we often forget the victims and the impact of these crimes on the families. We have endeavoured to feature victims promptly and see what the communities are doing in response.

“Child grooming is evil and my heart goes out to the victims and their families but we must ensure that whole communities are not stigmatised by these crimes.”

The program was commissioned in the wake of the infamous Rochdale child abuse ring case in which 9 men, 8 Pakistanis and an Afghan, were convicted of systematic abuse of vulnerable young white girls in Rochdale and Oldam in Northwest England.

In the aftermath of the case it was revealed that in 18 child sexual exploitation trials since 1997 – predominantly in the Northwest – relating to the on-street grooming of girls aged 11 to 16 by two or more men, most of those convicted were of Pakistani heritage.

The programme will be broadcast in the North West and Yorkshire Regions on Monday 5 November 2012 at 7.30pm on BBC1.

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