A member of parliament, Ms Sarah Champion has made claims that in today’s day and age, people are so worried about being politically correct, that they are failing to deal with child abuse.
Speaking on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, Ms Champion said there was a need to ‘acknowledge’ that in all of the towns with similar cases ‘the majority of the perpetrators have been British Pakistani’.
People are more afraid to be called a racist than they are to be wrong about child sexual abuse, a Labour MP has claimed after 18 people were found guilty of involvement in a grooming network.
Sarah Champion’s remarks came after the individuals – predominately from Asian backgrounds – were convicted of or admitted offences in a series of trials related to child sexual exploitation in Newcastle.
Ms Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham and shadow minister for women and equalities, also urged the Government to commission research into the crimes and said she “hadn’t slept” over criticism she could face over her comments.
Speaking on the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme, Ms Champion said there was a need to “acknowledge” that in all of the towns where similar cases have occurred “the majority of the perpetrators have been British Pakistani”.
“On the news last night there was a picture of 18 men convicted and there was no comment that 17 of those were clearly Asian men. It just pains me that this is going on time and time and time again and the Government aren’t researching what is going on.
“We have got now, hundreds of Pakistani men who have been convicted of this crime, why are we not commissioning research to see what is going on and how we need to change what is going on.””