Around 30 protesters have staged a demonstration outside the Mansion House this morning, calling on Doncaster council to launch an independent inquiry in to child sexual exploitation in the borough.
The protest started at around 10am and was organised by the Doncaster branch of Yorkshire United Against Child Abuse.
Protester, Bernie Gadd, said the group were holding the protest because they want the local authority to conduct an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Doncaster, similar to the one carried out by Professor Jay, which exposed the shocking scale of CSE in Rotherham.
Bernie, aged 53, said: “We want to protect the children of Doncaster.
“We want to make sure they’re safe, and to show that anyone who carries out abuse, whether its mental or physical, should be locked up - no matter who they are.
“The council need to have an inquiry, and let the police do their job and look into what’s going on.
“There’s a lot of abuse going on across the country, and other groups are also protesting today because we want to show politicians that they can’t ignore it. Something needs to be done.”
The inquiry into CSE in Rotherham was launched following an independent report by Professor Alexis Jay into Rotherham Council.
Prof Jay suggested 1,400 children were abused between 1997 and 2013 by largely Pakistani-heritage men while authorities turned a blind eye because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of offenders.