In light of several interesting comments to my previous post on the Rochdale “grooming” case, I decided a follow-up piece was in order.
Much of the furore surrounding the case has been with respect to race and its alleged role in the attack, specifically: does the “Asian” (Pakistani and thereby Muslim) origin of the attackers play a role in the crime? As stated previously, sexual abuse occurs across all ethnic/racial, socioeconomic and religious groups. Worldwide, women and girls (in particular) comprise 80% of the estimated 800,000 people trafficked annually; the majority (79%) are trafficked for sexual exploitation. With respect to sex crimes across the UK, there are 8,106 male sex offenders in prisons across England and Wales. Of this group, 81.9 percent are White; 9.9 percent are Black/Black British; 5.6 percent are Asian/Asian British; and 2.2 percent are other/mixed (the Asian/Asian British includes sub-groupings of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladesh and Other Asian).
The arrest of the group in Rochdale has heightened racial sensitivities, with several British Muslim communities receiving an increase in hate mail and abusive phone calls. The authors of the first independent academic analysis into child sex trafficking within the UK, which focused on two police investigations in the North and the Midlands, warn of the dangers of racial stereotyping amid claims of a widespread problem of Pakistani men exploiting underage white girls. The head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop), Peter Davies announced the Centre will be investigating “on-street” grooming, leading to abuse and exploitation. Ceop said its findings would be made public within three to six months time, and MMW will be sure to cover it in due course.
It is increasingly apparent that certain religious and socio-cultural factors may have contributed to the abuse – much of it is explicitly stated in the article on Imam Karmani and why the cloud of taboo and scandal associated with sex needs to dissipate in order to change the cultural mindset and expectations of young British Pakistanis. [Read more...]