The former Attorney General, Lord Morris of Aberavon, said yesterday that at least 27 police forces were investigating 54 gangs.
The Labour peer warned that fear of racist accusations and “collective amnesia” may have prevented speedier prosecutions in the past.
More than 2,400 young people had been identified as victims of sexual exploitation by gangs between August 2010 and October 2011, the Lords were told.
The revelations come after seven members of a sex grooming ring in Oxford were convicted this month of abusing children.
asked: “Is it collective amnesia that has blinded us to the underlying
circumstances, whereby at least 27 police forces are investigating 54
alleged child grooming gangs?
has investigating and prosecuting in so many different parts of the
country taken so much time? “Is it the fear of racialism, or is it the
fact that many of these vulnerable girls come from care homes?”