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A Nation Stooped in Fear?

In Isabelle Finn on January 13, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Izzy Finn argues for the need of an investigation into the supposed ‘trend’ of grooming by some members of Pakistani communities.

Britain is a society in which right and wrong appear to be firmly and constitutionally imposed. One can walk freely down the street, knowing that crime will result in punishment, and the overwhelming need for justice will override that of furtive government sidestepping. Nevertheless, recent exposure of sexual abuse rings in Northern Britain pose a serious risk to this established consensus.

As of recently, an investigation was launched into the sexual grooming and internal trafficking of young girls in 2008, mainly between 13 and 15 located in the North of England. These girls were, typically, from disadvantaged backgrounds, some within care homes, and the men were, typically, Pakistani. These girls were subjected to abuse of the worst form, drugged and used as ‘sexual toys’ by a network of men, who established a ‘trading system’ of these vulnerable young teenagers. The original investigation floundered and failed in 2009, due to an inability to charge anyone with any offence. Indeed, it has been brought to media attention recently that this initial investigation was perhaps ‘severely crippled’ by irrational fears of racial sensitivity, granted that all alleged abusers stem from Rochdale’s Pakistani community.

I’m unaware of how many are in possession of this particular statistic, but 90% of paedophiles located online, and by this those paedophiles who pool their resources and target their victims in Cyberspace, are of White British heritage. The problem DOES NOT, needless to say, wholly lie with the Pakistani community. But, in this particular case, there seems to be a continued thread of a theme, which the government should not, and cannot, ignore. To ignore the link would be, essentially, to ignore the problem. Needless to say, no one is forging this as an Epidemic within Britain, yet there remains a certain unarticulated fear surrounding this particular issue. An investigation should be launched, not simply legal in nature but sociological too – just as it should be if the sexual offenders, who have committed crimes unmentionable, were of Scottish descent or West Indian. There is a link, and it must be uncovered and explored. A judge in the case, sitting in Nottingham Crown Court articulated the link between the victims and their abusers as purely ‘coincidental’. However, figures have the potential to prove otherwise.

Jack Straw is keen to advocate an opposing opinion, declaring that the consensus within these communities of white girls as ‘easy meat’ cannot, for the sake of the nation, be allowed to continue. In fact, the only way in which we can discover whether or not this issue is capable of being labelled ‘co-incidental’ is if the situation is sufficiently examined. Until then, we are simply left with a mass of victims and abusers, both of which belong to a particular sect within society. The issue does, however, need to be put in perspective. In total, there were at least 8 victims. This in itself wards off any cries of the condemnation of an entire race. However, it needs to be dealt with morally and with the best interests of Britain at heart.

The government itself is unwilling to voice any particular opinion on the matter, and only the other day did the Home Office announce it did not have any imminent plans to launch an investigation into this link. Why is this? For obvious reasons, the worst thing a government can be called is racist. In a post-Holocaust world, it’s considered the epitome of moral undoing. However, one might consider the bigger picture. Racism is very much a two way thing. Could it not be considered racist that these men, who abstain from victimising and abusing women of their own heritage, choose to target young white females, who they consider to be morally below that of Pakistani women? Indeed, if this was to be the case, and the alleged criminals were to have abused girls of Pakistani origins, the uproar would have been phenomenal. It is not simply a matter of appeasing racial and cultural differences anymore: the crimes themselves are universally condemned both by the White British community and British Pakistani communities. In fact, within Sharia Law, the punishment for rape is either exile or death. As quoted by the prominent website ‘Islam online,’ rape is ‘an abhorrent crime that is forbidden in all religions and in the minds of all wise people and those who possess sound human nature.’ Thus, rape is a crime condemned throughout the realms of both British and Muslim culture. However, the men involved in these crimes seem to believe that they have found a loophole in their abuse of White British girls, who are considered by many to be ‘loose’ and ‘immoral’.

The terrorist threat, looming over Britain like a phantom, stronger than ever before and fuelling nationalist parties such as the BNP, would absolutely thrive off any confirmation that the government believed in such a ‘link’ of child abuse and Pakistani men. Is failing to combat the beliefs held by such men a necessary sacrifice? For the greater good, perhaps. But I think for all of Britain, this is a heavy sacrifice to make. Lacking an investigation, many will form their own, obscure opinions on why Pakistani men in Derby, Preston and other such Northern towns are choosing to target young, socially vulnerable white teenage girls. These blossoming opinions could be more damaging in the long run than an official government investigation, resulting in an official government conclusion. However, the problem will not simply end there. It may take far, far longer to eradicate such mind-sets. Yet in the interest of the needy and the vulnerable, the British government must take every precaution. Measures must be taken, therefore, to eliminate this consensus absolutely. It is fundamentally a matter of right and wrong, and in this case, the wrong is most firmly established.

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