British police charge 10 people in child sex exploitation case that raised racial tensions

Prosecutors have charged 10 men with sexual offenses against girls as young as 13 in a case that has stirred racial tensions in northwestern England.

The Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement Monday that the offenses include rape and sexual activity with a child. They are alleged to have occurred between 2005 and 2013 and relate to seven girls. The victims were between 13 and 23 at the time of the abuse.

The case stirred tensions in Rochdale because many of the men were of Pakistani or Afghan origin, and their victims were white.

Two of the men, Afraz Ahmed and David Law, are in custody. All three are due to make court appearances this week.