Paedophiles are abusing children in real life within an hour of grooming them online, the professor who led the investigation into the Rotherham sex abuse scandal has warned.

Professor Alexis Jay, who compiled a report into how gangs of mainly Asian men groomed, terrorised and abused 1,400 girls as young as 11 in Rotherham over a 16-year period said sex abuse went on undetected in many other areas across Britain.

Prof. Jay said that this abuse was now moving to "social media" and "social networking" sites. She warned that these "new and different means of exploitation" online can shift "offline very fast… within an hour or so".

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