Police 'want access to sexual health data' in battle against grooming gangs
PUBLISHED June 4, 2012
Officers in Manchester are said to believe that information from screening databases can help stop gangs such as those which preyed on girls in Rochdale and Derby.
However they will have to convince doctors who are concerned about patient confidentiality as well as the fear that it could deter young people from being tested.
Police say the anonymised data could allow them identify where the gangs are operating, The Independent reported.
They believe young teenage victims of the gangs are made to get tested regularly by the gangs to ensure they are "clean".
Officers say that access to the sexual health databases - currently open only to doctors - would help spot geographical spikes in tests, indicating the potential presence of a gang in an area and prompting an investigation.