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At Sheffield Crown Court throughout September and October, eight men sat in the dock accused of rape and other sexual crimes against four girls, three aged 13 and one 16. The case resulted in five being convicted and three acquitted. All of the eight defendants were Pakistani Muslims and the girls white British. Does this matter? Not for the reasons the British National Party would have us believe, but it is nonetheless significant. 

Razwan Razaq, 30, his 24-year-old brother Umar, Muhammed Zafran Ramzan, 21, Adil Hussain, 20, and Mohsin Khan, 21, were sent to prison for between four-and-a-half to 11 years. 

The crimes were committed in and around Rotherham, a fairly typical south Yorkshire town. Although unemployment is fairly high, Rotherham is now also a popular summer visitors' destination when All Saints Square is transformed into a seaside beach. Every month, there is a farmers' market that sells produce from local farmers and traders, and Jamie Oliver's TV series, Jamie's Ministry of Food, tried to teach the town's inhabitants to establish healthy eating as part of daily life.

But many parents are concerned far more with the safety of their children than with organic food. Rotherham, along with many other towns, cities and villages in northern England has become infected with the vile activities of criminal gangs using children as currency. While child sexual abuse occurs in every community and culture, what is happening in Rotherham and elsewhere in Yorkshire and Lancashire is organised pimping of girls by Asian gangs who trade their victims for cash and favours.

"These men all know and trust each other," says Jane, the mother of one of the victims. "They don't abuse these girls because they are Muslim, but because they are criminals who think they are above the law."

Although there is no hard evidence of financial gain in the Rotherham case, child protection professionals tell me that the pattern in such cases is that the girls are traded for cash as well as favours between criminals. A number of the gangs operating in the region have found that the sharp drop in the price of drugs has led them to losing considerable income, and that selling girls is increasingly filling the gap.

Jane's daughter Sophie (not their real names) was a happy, ordinary 12-year-old until she met a group of adult males who would control every aspect of her life. Before she escaped, a year later, Sophie had been raped by the gang members as a way of "breaking her in" and then passed around various other men for sex. 

The methods used by the pimps are sophisticated and sinister. First, the girls are identified in locations, such as parks, schools, leisure facilities and shopping malls after which boys of their age are sent to befriend them. After a friendship is established, the boys introduce their contacts to young men whom they often describe as cousins.

Then the grooming process gets really under way. The young man will take the girl out in his car, give her vodka, cigarette and cannabis, and take her to venues she would not normally experience until older. 

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charles allcock
August 17th, 2017
10:08 AM
Political correctness is mentally harmful. It causes confusion in the brain because its illogical.

August 9th, 2017
8:08 PM
There are some extremely bigoted responses to this article. In many countries: Saudi, UAE, etc child rape earns the death penalty. Such a case has just be concluded in the UAE and is at the last appeal, which will likely fail. Islam is not a violent religion; it is the interpretation of it by closed societies where people are largely ignorant and illiterate. Do you see any well-educated among those convicted? These are the lowest class in their own society. It is a shame that, like those who hold UK passports yet fight for ISIS, these people could not be stripped of their UK passport, serve the full sentence and be deported to their parent's countries. Most were born in the UK. Their own communities need to do far more to condemn criminal behaviour whether it be sexual exploitation of any sort, drug taking and alcohol abuse(both of which are haram in Islam) or any other criminal acts. To quote the person in the street in London after a terrorist attack: 'They ain't no Muslims'. Their faith should not forgive them but remove them and that might make the difference. The fear of Hell is pretty strong.

May 11th, 2017
1:05 PM
Throughout this article, it asserts (without evidence) that Islam has nothing to do with this problem. How do you know that? Would it be the fact that Islam encourages child sex (forget Muhammad marrying Aisha at 6, but in modern terms, 10's of thousands of Imam's legally marry adult men to children as young as 9-12 years old in all Islamic majority countries), or the fact that hundreds of passages in the Koran and Hadiths deem all non-Muslims as slaves that are fair game for rape and abuse. How do you know Islam is not a factor when child sex among Islamic men is 20x higher than among non-Islamic men, and when Imam's (even in the UK) are happy to marry 12-14 year old girls to adults men who are 20,30,40 years old. So again, how can you say that Islam is not a factor? Could it be that your political correctness is guiding you, and not logic, facts, or common sense. Social Justice is a complete failure when your blindness allows ever more little girls to be raped and abused all to protect your delusional "Identity Politics", and ignore what is so obviously in front of your face. Islam *is* a problem, the single most misogynistic, homophobic and bigoted ideology on earth, but your Identity Politics just sticks its head in the sand and allows little girls to continue to be raped.

Kedah hyde
February 23rd, 2017
3:02 PM
anonymous commented on June 20th 11.06 pm 2013. Your comments about purity and "English" girls are disgusting mysoginy. You are playing the blame game loading the blame back on to the young girls and their parents. You display obvious reverse racism in your comments and there is no condemnation of the filthy scum who perpetrated the crimes. You are a vile enabler, an apologist and clearly part of the problem. (Are you relared to the pigs by any chance?)

January 29th, 2017
8:01 PM
This article oozes political correctness: none of these girls would likely have been raped or traded or ruined if there were no Pakistanis in the UK. It is not a man-victim thing. It is ferociously glib to ignore the contempt Islam has for infidel girls, especially unescorted ones, and it is frankly silly to ignore the perpetrators cultural heritage of exploiting the vulnerable outsider.

March 29th, 2016
11:03 PM
Stop using the terms "Asian" and "Muslim". Please be SPECIFIC. These were PAKISTANIS. There is a problem with treatment of women and rape in this community in particular. You don't see Indonesians, Malaysians, Bangladeshis, Turks or Iranians involved in these activities, even though they can be classified as both ASIAN and MUSLIM. You need to get to the root causes of this sick mentality, and you can only do it with FULL UNDERSTANDING of this particular demographic. Otherwise you will be targeting the wrong group of people, and alienating many otherwise normal groups. The fact is, certain geographic regions display problematic behaviour with women → e.g. the Arab + North-African countries + Pakistan. This is where the real issue lies.

February 27th, 2016
11:02 AM
Well, Islam and muslims have followed their scriptures as much as abusing non muslims, treating women as sexual objects and committing ethnic cleansing are concerned. Some other obligatory stuff which is the good stuff, doesn't get followed up. Worst thing is, muslim communities are very closed. They don't let anything out. I can't believe no one in the community knew what was going on for decades! Whole community is a shame onto itself and have nothing to contribute to the British society. As it is British Pakistani's are most unemployed, running off to ISIS and commit more fraud per capita than anyone else.

February 15th, 2016
3:02 PM
Its sad to see these women journos defending Muslims and repeating the age old misleading idea "this has nothing to do with Islam". The fact is that these journos have never once read the Quran and the way it wants women to be treated. Yes, Muslims are a minority in the west. But that doesn't mean that they have to be protected against all crimes, by default. No. If Islam teaches violence, simply ban it. So is all other religion. The Catholic church was riddled with pedophilic priests. The church took notice of it, accepted the fault and excommunicated the faulty. The trials are going on now too. But somehow the Islamist roam free under the protection of the leftists and sadly the feminists must be the first raising this issue and questioning Islam and the silence of Muslims. This is politics at its worst. Please be kind to these young girls. I am an Indian. So, don't call these perpetrators "Asian Gangs". They are Pakistani Muslim men. At least, they are Muslim Gangs. If you can't call them what they are, then you just haven't even recognized the problem. And of course, you wont even find a solution.

The Truth From America
February 14th, 2016
2:02 AM
Japan, China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, and hundreds of other countries are not as stupid as European Countries. It comes down to oil and the previous power of Europeans. Due to Europeans controlling the world I believe there is an effort to weaken Europeans because of what they are capable of. Also, to appease oil producing nations Europe has been letting in the savages. The three Abrahamic Monotheistic Religions are all fake and diffused from the Middle East. The problem is that people are so sick of Christians because of how stupid they are, they are willing to let in Muslims.

October 27th, 2015
6:10 AM
I met a woman from Bradford in the early 80's and she told me and I for one could not and did not believe her. I was wrong but the facts like for instance the holocaust are so extreme one can't envisage a human being to commit them. Islam is a religion and race does no come into it, fact. These crimes against young people are common in the muslim world.

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