Most of the 23 young men arrested for gang activity in a police sweep of the San Gabriel Valley last week do not fit the underclass theory of gang making. Asian gangs in the suburbs are different. Unlike their African American or Latino counterparts, many Asian gang members come from middle-class homes and attend good schools, authorities say. Their parents often are professionals with good jobs or business owners. What the parents want more than anything from their progeny is that they study hard and get good grades so they can go to a prestigious college, according to Asian American community specialists. They believe that watching their children graduate from an Ivy League school would make their sacrifices worthwhile.
Criminal street gangs have become one of the most serious crime problems in California. Gang violence-particularly assaults, drive-by shootings, homicides, and brutal home-invasion robberies-accounts for one of the largest, single, personal threats to public safety in this state. The Department of Justice estimates there may be as many as , to , gang members in California. These figures are approximations only since there is no statewide, centralized repository of gang-related information to accurately measure the number of gang members in California. However, these figures represent an approximate to percent increase over the past 11 years when former Attorney General George Deukmejian's Youth Gang Task Force estimated 52, gang members in the state during The Youth Gang Task Force figures were based on a series of hearings held throughout the state in A telephone survey by the Department of Justice of California law enforcement gang units, with the exception of those in Los Angeles County.
The Quilliam Foundation found that the demographic background of those who exploit youngsters in a paedophile ring was different to those who act in grooming gangs. The report says CEOP, an official government body, identifies two types of group-based child sexual exploitation offenders. Type 1 offenders were those that targeted their victims based on their vulnerability roughly equivalent of grooming gangs , whereas Type 2 offenders target children as a result of a specific sexual interest in children roughly equivalent of paedophile rings.
It said white offenders often acted alone, while child abusers from Asian backgrounds were more likely to work in so-called grooming gangs. But unfortunately we were proven wrong. They tend to work online where they groom and they are the majority of perpetrators. CEOP research published in states 85 per cent of offenders found guilty of sexual activity with a minor in were white.