112 teenage victims of Preston’s sex gangs

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Detectives have investigated 235 complaints of sexual exploitation involving 112 teenage girls in Preston during the past eight months.

The figures have been revealed by the Lancashire Evening Post following a national outcry over Jack Straw’s comments accusing Asian sex gangs of abusing white girls.

Half of the men arrested on suspicion of child sexual exploitation offences in Preston in the past nine months were white.

And Lancashire Police said problems of Asian sex gangs are not as prevalent in Preston as they are in Blackburn, where “the majority” of cases of child sexual exploitation involve Asian men.

The police revealed the figures following criticism from a Preston woman, whose daughter was abused by two Asian men jailed last year.

The mother-of-three – who cannot be named for legal reasons – set up the group Sexual Exploitation Ends Now (SEEN) to raise awareness of exploitation of youngsters in Preston after her daughter became a victim aged 15.

Read comments from the Preston mum and see the full story in Tuesday’s Lancashire Evening Post