Muslim campaigners and legal experts are urging more to be done to tackle the cycle of misogyny that fuels the gangs which groom girls and young women for sex.

They also warned that a lack of funding and agency support meant many victims were being neglected, including those from South Asian communities who often slip under the radar.

Their warning comes after 17 men and one woman from predominantly Muslim and Asian backgrounds were convicted in Newcastle this week for the grooming, abuse, and rape of vulnerable white young women and girls as young as 15. The similarities with the shocking sexual abuse cases in Rochdale and Rotherham have reignited public debate about the role race and religion played in the crimes.

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