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Rotherham report exposes ‘endemic’ child sex exploitation

The true extent of child sex exploitation in British Asian communities has been underestimated because of taboos about discussing the subject and reporting abuse, campaigners have warned following the publication of a shocking report exposing how hundreds of girls were systematically raped in the town of Rotherham.

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A reporter into child sex exploitation in Rotherham estimated that at least 1,400 girls had been raped and abused since 1997.

The investigation estimated that at least 1,400 children, typically “young white girls”, were groomed and sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013 by “large numbers of male perpetrators” mostly from Rotherham’s small Pakistani-heritage community.

But the report by Alexis Jay, a former chief inspector of social work in Scotland, also raised issues about under-reporting within British Asian communities, citing concerns that abuse affecting ethnic minorities was often “hidden from sight”.

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British banks accused of discrimination against Muslims

London, UK – Some Islamic charities in the UK have considered moving their financial affairs abroad amid concerns that they could be frozen out of the British banking system after several Muslim organisations and individuals linked to them had their accounts closed without explanation.

HSBC faces calls for a boycott after closing the accounts of some Muslim customers.

HSBC faces calls for a boycott after closing the accounts of some Muslim customers.

HSBC, the UK’s largest bank, faced accusations of prejudice against Muslims after sending letters last week to a London mosque, a Gaza-focused aid charity, and the leader of a prominent Islamic think tank notifying them that they were outside the bank’s “risk appetite” and giving them two months to withdraw their money.

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