Sexual Grooming in the UK

Warning: this post will likely contain triggers for those who have been sexually abused.

“Sexual grooming” is another term for the organized sexual abuse of young teen-aged girls. It is something that is common enough in certain areas of the UK that the Manchester police have a unit devoted to investigating these crimes. Besides the obvious  impact on the girls, the controversial aspect of these crimes is that they are almost exclusively committed by members of the Pakistani Muslim community.

A recent case resulted in nine men convicted in the organized rape of a number of girls as young as 13.

The nine defendants — eight are from Pakistan and one is from Afghanistan — were sentenced to a total of 77 years in prison after being convicted of rape, aiding and abetting rape, conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child, sexual assault and trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

The judge in the case had some harsh words

Judge Gerald Clifton said: “One of the factors leading to that [rape] was the fact that they [the victims] were not part of your community [Pakistani] or religion [Muslim]. Some of you, when arrested, said it [the prosecution] was triggered by race. That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed.”

Clifton said that in some cases, the girls had been raped “callously, viciously and violently” at a time when they were going through difficult periods in their lives. “One had left her parents’ home, another had been in [foster] care for many years. You attracted them to your company by flattery, free food, and alcohol. Some of you acted to satiate your lust, some to make money out of them. All of you treated them as though they were worthless and beyond all respect.”

This particular trial involved 5 victims, but the police are investing the group for a many as 50 other girls.

Both the police and a number of groups supportive of multiculturalism have criticized any suggestions that race and/or religion are factors in these crimes.

The guardians of British multiculturalism have been quick to argue that it is merely coincidental that the rapists in the Rochdale case are Muslims and that sex abuse also occurs in white gangs. Some in British have also sought to portray the Muslims as the true victims in this case.

Defense attorney Simon Nichol told the BBC that his client “has objected from the start for being tried by an all-white jury, and subsequent events have confirmed his fears. He believes his convictions have nothing to do with justice but result from the faith and the race of the defendants. He further believes that society failed the girls in this case before the girls even met them and now that failure is being blamed on a weak minority group.”

At least one prominent Muslim disagrees with that assessment.

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Britain’s most senior Muslim politician, told the London Evening Standard that there are “Pakistani men who believe that white girls are fair game. And we have to be prepared to say that. You can only start solving a problem if you acknowledge it first.”

Warsi said the color of the victims’ skin, as well as their vulnerability, helped to make them a target. She also said that some Pakistani men “see women as second class citizens and white women probably as third class citizens” and that these men “are to be spoken out against.”

Warsi called on British authorities to stop being squeamish about investigating allegations involving Muslims. “Cultural sensitivity should never be a bar to applying the law,” she said.

Although are critical

Rather than acknowledge that there is a problem, Muslim groups in Britain have decided to play the victim card instead. They are also working overtime to try to silence public discussion about Muslim sex crimes in Britain by branding critics as “far right racists” and “Islamophobic.”

The Muslim Council of Britain has complained about a “climate of hate” against Muslims and it has warned Muslims to brace themselves for “Islamophobic” attacks on Muslims and mosques.

Faith Matters, a pro-Muslim “inter-faith think tank” which established a helpline called Tell Mama to monitor “Islamophobia” when the Liverpool trial began in February, said the “Islamophobic hatred” prompted by the case has added to the “poison” against Muslims.

Fiyaz Mughal, a spokesman for Faith Matters, said: “This is dangerous for community relations. There’s lots of discussion about ‘Muslim paedos,’ like saying the prophet Mohammed married a young girl. All of this disgusting talk is adding to the poison against Muslims.”

Of course that last point is true. Mohammed did marry a young girl, a practice that ongoing in some of the more fundamentalist Muslim sects. Of course, it is dangerous for community relations, but police investigations should be blind to those allegations. While they must publicly state they are not focusing their efforts, if all of these crimes are being committed in a certain community, that is where there efforts must lie.

Of course, it is only a small subset of Muslims who would even consider such actions to be acceptable, just as it is only a small subset of  non-Muslims who are paedophiles. However, in this particular circumstance, the perpetrators nearly all share a common background.

On May 12, just three days after the nine Muslims from Rochdale were sentenced to prison, Greater Manchester Police arrested another nine Muslims, aged between 24 and 38, on suspicion of sexually abusing a child. And on May 19, police arrested two more Muslims, both aged 33, on suspicion of sexual assault and rape.

In January 2011, researchers at The Times newspaper identified 17 prosecutions in Britain since 1997 — 14 of them in the past three years — involving the on-street grooming of girls aged 11 to 16.

The victims came from 13 towns and cities and in each case two or more men were convicted of offenses. In total, 56 people, with an average age of 28, were found guilty of crimes including rape, child abduction, indecent assault and sex with a child. All but three of the men were Muslim.

This is a difficult area. A total focus on a single community may allow other similar crimes to not be investigated with the same rigour. Police must guard against that. This type of thing puts governments and police in a difficult position where they must strike a careful balance between alienation and protection. It also feeds racist and cultural beliefs in the inherent evil of all Muslims, particularly those of a certain colour.

Certain parts of Europe are becoming very xenophobic with immigrants being blamed for all sorts of problems. For example, a segment of the Greek population blames much of their financial woes on immigration. The same is true of The Netherlands and other  countries.

Whatever side of the issue you are on, it doesn’t matter who these monsters are, or what their ethnic or religious background is, they must be prosecuted and punished – severely.

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