Newcastle sex abuse ring

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The Newcastle sex abuse ring were a gang of seventeen men and a woman who sexually abused adolescent girls and young women from 2010–2014 in Newcastle upon Tyne after plying them with alcohol and drugs. The men were of Bangladeshi, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi and Pakistani heritage who were aged between 27 and 44. The woman was a 22-year-old British white woman.[1][2][3] The number of their victims was over one hundred.[4]

Operation Sanctuary

A Northumbria Police probe into the abuse of one single girl uncovered serial abuse of teenage girls in Tyneside and resulted in the launch of "Operation Sanctuary," under which the initial arrests took place in January 2014 and had reached 67 arrests by the end of March that year.[5]


The British Labour politician Sarah Champion claimed regarding media news about this and previous trails, that there is a need to “acknowledge” that in all of the towns where similar cases have occurred “the majority of the perpetrators have been British Pakistani”. She said: "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. (...) I genuinely think that it’s because more people are afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse.”[6][7]

In the wake of the trial, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) Trevor Philips called upon British authorities to recognise that most men in the grooming gangs are Muslim.[4]

Former Policing minister Mike Penning wrote to the attorney general to demand that the grooming gangs are treated as race hate criminals as they primarily target white girls.[4]


  1. ^ Operation Sanctuary
  2. ^ Eighteen found guilty over Newcastle sex grooming network
  3. ^ In profile: Members of the Newcastle grooming gang
  4. ^ a b c "Asian grooming gangs are Muslim says Trevor Phillips". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-08-16. 
  5. ^ SOPHIE DOUGHTY (28 March 2014). "Operation Sanctuary: Sex exploitation probe uncovers hidden culture of abuse". The Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 20 September 2017. A police probe into the sexual exploitation of teenagers on Tyneside has uncovered a hidden epidemic of abuse stalking our streets. Northumbria Police launched Operation Sanctuary in January with a wave of arrests after receiving a report expressing concern for one girl. 
  6. ^ "MP on Pakistani rape gangs: People are more afraid to be called a racist then they are to be wrong about child abuse". The Independent. 2017-08-10. Retrieved 2017-08-12. 
  7. ^ "Yorkshire MP warns racism fears must be put to one side in battle to stop child sex grooming gangs". Retrieved 2017-08-12. 

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