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Home Affairs Committee

MPs continued their inquiry into allegations of child grooming on 4 December 2012.

MPs will hear from The Times journalist who exposed the North of England grooming scandals, who has described a report into gang abuse as a "missed opportunity".

Chief investigative reporter Andrew Norfolk said the Office of Children's Commissioner study could have looked at the proportion of Pakistani men committing such offences.

The report found that thousands of children are sexually abused by gangs and groups in England each year.

It says there were 2,409 victims in the 14 months to October 2011 - but the true number is likely to be far higher.

The report was published in the wake of the jailing in May of nine Asian men for grooming and sexually exploiting white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

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