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roshni, the national charity at the forefront of addressing key issues affecting Scotland’s minority ethnic population, will, for the first time ever, host a pioneering event in Glasgow this week (Wednesday 20 May) to tackle the controversial issues of radicalisation and child sexual exploitation.

The event, Exploiting Exploited, will provide the platform for attendees to have their views heard in a safe environment and consider cause, prevention and intervention solutions. It will also examine the common threads of the two issues, including grooming, vulnerability and isolation.

The audience will also hear from experts on the subjects of radicalisation and CSE including Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service for North West England who led the legal teams that reopened and successfully prosecuted the Rochdale grooming cases in 2012.

Ali Khan, Executive Chair, roshni, commented:

Exploiting, Exploited will be the first forum of its kind which directly involves minority ethnic young people – many of whom have never before been part of the discussion.

“There are real questions left unanswered and an obvious demand for a full and open debate in a safe space. For effective policy to be implemented, it needs to be based on fact rather than hypothesis. Exploiting, Exploited will deliver the much needed detail to allow Scotland to face this challenge head on.”

The event will welcome hundreds of minority ethnic young people from across Scotland, community members, professionals and frontline staff representing the public and third sector. Amongst the high profile participants will be Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, Police Scotland and Scottish Government representatives. The event will also welcome renowned Islamic scholar, Shaykh Abbas and president of the Muslim Youth League UK, Shaykh Rehan.

The discussion will explore a number of controversial topics, including addressing the assistance available to vulnerable young people who turn to radicalisation and questioning whether radicalisation should be considered a child protection issue.

The event is set to ensure that minority ethnic young people in Scotland can contribute to the conversation and be heard – regardless of what they have got to say.