Sex abuse of groomed women ‘extensive’

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Image caption Eighteen people were jailed for their participation in the sexual abuse of susceptible young women in Newcastle

Vulnerable ladies are most likely being “extensively” abused over the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws, a written report says.

David Spicer led a review in the wake associated with Operation Sanctuary which saw 18 individuals jailed for the sex abuse of young women groomed in Newcastle .

He mentioned exploitation was not being recognised in grown-ups.

The operation discovered about 700 victims in total throughout the Northumbria Police area, 108 within Newcastle.

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The federal government said it would “look carefully” in Mr Spicer’s 33 recommendations, which usually also included a need for analysis into the cultural background of abusers, many of whom in the case of Sanctuary had been from a “predominantly Asian or Uk Minority Ethnic culture or background”.

Mr Spicer, exactly who performed the serious case review for the Newcastle Safeguarding Grown ups and Children Boards, said it had been clear “adults were being focused, groomed and exploited” as well as kids.

But he mentioned authorities did not have the powers in order to intervene with adults to stop all of them “making bad choices” or developing “inappropriate relationships”.

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Media caption One target of sexual exploitation in the town says abuse still continues

He or she said: “Vulnerability is not determined by age group and it is likely that extensive mistreatment of vulnerable adults is happening across the country unrecognised. ”

Operation Sanctuary started in 2014 following a 21-year-old woman with a learning impairment told police she had been the victim of sexual exploitation over the long period.

Further reviews from two 19-year-old women “confirmed” sexual exploitation was a much larger issue in Newcastle “than previously recognised”.

Mr Spicer stated the operation had proved effective but it was only when Northumbria Law enforcement and other agencies like Newcastle Town Council started looking for the issue these people found it.

Image caption Jesse Spicer led the serious situation review

He also said the government must research the “profiles, motivations plus cultural and background influences associated with perpetrators of sexual exploitation”.

In the Newcastle case, the majority of the men were British-born but all of came from Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.

Think tank the Quillam Foundation, which focuses on counter-extremism, mentioned 84% of the 264 offenders convicted associated with grooming between 2005 and 2017 were of southern Asian heritage.

Pharmacist training

Mister Spicer said the perpetrator this individual spoke to “displayed no regret” and “spoke in a derogatory way about a lack of morals in Uk girls”.

The record noted that there was no proof that police and other agencies have been reluctant to investigate amid “misplaced” worries over political correctness or accusations of racism.

Mister Spicer also said confidentiality techniques in sexual health services needs to be reviewed as a lack of information-sharing supposed no-one spotted victims who visited multiple clinics.

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Image caption Vulnerable grown ups were also sexually exploited within Newcastle

Medical professionals such as pharmacists should also learn to spot signs of abuse, he stated.

Mr Spicer seemed to be critical of the ordeal of sufferers giving evidence in court stating several complained it caused “lasting serious mental health problems”.

As well as reviewing the way sufferers are treated during trials, Mister Spicer also said the terms of charges should be changed to prevent causing further distress.

This was after victims complained the particular charge of “inciting prostitution” branded them as prostitutes.

‘Devastating impact’

The report also looked at exploitation of boys and men yet said it was “complex and hidden” and operated differently to women victims.

Mr Spicer said: “The low incidence associated with identified cases is likely to be a significant under-representation of the abuse occurring. ”

He also said it had been not within the scope of their review to investigate Northumbria Police’s £ ten, 000 payment to a convicted kid rapist who served as an informant.

The government spokesman said: “These are usually abhorrent crimes that have had a destructive impact on the lives of the sufferers involved. ”

Modifying Lives, a charity which facilitates victims of sexual exploitation which includes 33 associated with Operation Sanctuary, recognized the report

Movie director Laura Seebohm said the stress “cannot be underestimated” and she welcome the recommendations for “national debate, evaluation and guidance”.

Cuerpo Morris of Newcastle’s adults protecting board said she was “profoundly and deeply sorry for the psychological and physical trauma” the sufferers suffered.

She mentioned the women had been “brave beyond belief” and thanks to them Newcastle had been “without a doubt a safer place”.

Northumbria police plus crime commissioner Vera Baird dropped to be interviewed.