Barnardo’s says it is working with more than 1,000 children who have been sexually exploited by organised gangs of men in cities across the UK. It says a specific minister must be given formal responsibility for tackling the issue. Earlier this month, two married British men of Pakistani origin were jailed in Derby for grooming and abusing several teenage girls. The former home secretary Jack Straw later claimed some Pakistani men believed white girls were “easy meat”, but he was immediately criticised for his remarks. Following the case, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop) announced that it had begun a study “to identify any patterns of offending, victimisation or vulnerability”.