Children as young as 10 being groomed in Northern Ireland

This is the headline to an article in the Belfast Telegraph, which reports that girls in the North of Ireland “are being sexually exploited in the same way as the girls in the notorious Rochdale grooming case, a leading charity has said”. It quotes Jacqui Montgomery-Devlin of Barnardo’s Safe Choices as saying that sexual exploitation is happening in “every town and city across Northern Ireland”.

However, given that Muslims number only 1,943 out of a total population of 1,685,267 in the North, 97% of whom are Christians, I rather doubt that the commentators who saw the religious affiliation of the perpetraors as a central factor in Rochdale will be arguing the same in this case.