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APL condemns the sexual exploitation of young British girls by criminal gangs

LONDON, January 5: APL (Association of Pakistani Lawyers), a team of Pakistani origin lawyers, Solicitors, Barristers, and Judges in UK has taken serious note of a Story published in The Times (London) on Jan 5, 11, titled, “Conspiracy of silence on UK sex gangs” by Andrew Norfolk, whereby a culture of silence that has facilitated the sexual exploitation of hundreds of young British girls by criminal pimping gangs was revealed, and APL has condemned in the strongest words the sexual exploitation of young British girls by criminal gangs. APL has demanded that those involved in such heinous crimes must be brought to books and a stern action must be ensued against perpetrators and those gang masters to send a message of deterrent to curb such practice and the mindset to avoid exploitation of young minds. APL observed that criminals must be treated as criminals not as ‘Pakistani’ criminals and or ‘white’ criminals and there are 1 million Pakistanis in UK who  condemn such practice and do not condone any such activity openly or silently and majority of it is against exploitation of the kind revealed in the report.

APL warned that linking criminal activity to a particular race, colour and nationality may be counterproductive and may attract verbal and physical abuse against those communities and may act as a tool to be exploited by hard-line political groups who play politics on racial tensions, and anti community cohesion steps threatening the multiculturalism which is the fine fabric of British Society. Demonising any particular community without any evidence of ever seeking that community’s help to address the issue may be disproportionate at this juncture.

APL observed that child protection must be taken seriously and a ‘zero tolerance’ must be shown against anyone who is involved in such practice and Police including other agencies must consider it “an absolute priority”, as we expect all agencies to treat these crimes extremely seriously working together to address problems in individual communities.
APL has in the past strongly advocated to consider and retain the importance of marriage as an institution in the wake of restricting the age limit for foreign marriages abroad, and we reiterate again that cultural values if promoted and encouraged will produce results. Restricting other communities towards governmental desires promote illicit actions, which are condemnable but is a food for thought for policy makers to improve community relations by enhancing consultation levels, corroboration and emancipation in order to avoid dangers to the community relationships.
Amjad Malik – Chair APL
Signed By Chair & Secretary
Of Association of Pakistani Lawyers (UK)  
Wednesday, 05 January 2011Tuesday, 04 January 2011,

Subject: Story published in The Times, Jan 5, 11.

The Times

Revealed: conspiracy of silence on UK sex gangs

CCTV images from Operation Retriever in Derbyshire. Girls were fed alcohol and drugs then used by older men for sex
  • Stills from cctv footage from the police investigation into a Derby rape gang that targeted children
CCTV images from Operation Retriever in Derbyshire. Girls were fed alcohol and drugs then used by older men for sex YouTube
Andrew Norfolk
Last updated January 5 2011 12:01AM
A culture of silence that has facilitated the sexual exploitation of hundreds of young British girls by criminal pimping gangs is exposed by The Times today.
For more than a decade, child protection experts have identified a repeated pattern of sex offending in towns and cities across northern England and the Midlands involving groups of older men who groom and abuse vulnerable girls aged 11 to 16 after befriending them on the street.
Most of the victims are white and most of the convicted offenders are of Pakistani heritage, unlike other known models of child-sex offending in Britain, including child abuse initiated by online grooming, in which the vast majority of perpetrators are white.
Northern police forces have investigated gangs of on-street predators for at least 14 years. In the most serious cases, children have been moved around the country in cars and used for sex by older men. This has led to abortions for girls as young as 12. In November, a court heard that when a South Yorkshire victim, aged 13, was examined by a nurse she appeared to have been raped more than 50 times.
Most forces, in common with charities and agencies working to help girls who have endured weeks and sometimes months and years of repeated sexual abuse, have denied publicly that ethnicity has any relevance to this pattern of on-street grooming.
The Times has identified 17 court prosecutions since 1997, 14 of them during the past three years, involving the on-street grooming of girls aged 11 to 16 by groups of men. The victims came from 13 towns and cities and in each case two or more men were convicted of offences.
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. Three of the 56 were white, 53 were Asian. Of those, 50 were Muslim and a majority were members of the British Pakistani community.
Several police sources have told The Times that those convicted represent only a small proportion of what one detective described as a “tidal wave” of offending that has been uncovered in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and some Midlands counties.
A senior West Mercia detective has now called for an end to the “damaging taboo” surrounding gang-led on-street grooming, which he blames on a fear among police and child protection workers of being branded racist. Detective Chief Inspector Alan Edwards said: “These girls are being passed around and used as meat. To stop this type of crime you need to start talking about it, but everyone’s been too scared to address the ethnicity factor. No one wants to stand up and say that Pakistani guys in some parts of the country are recruiting young white girls and passing them around their relatives for sex, but we need to stop being worried about the racial complication.”
Writing in The Times today, Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a national Muslim youth organisation, says: “These people think that white girls have fewer morals and are less valuable than our girls. This is a form of racism that is abhorrent and totally unacceptable in a society that prides itself on equality and justice.”
No research has been carried out into why such a high proportion of the offenders belong to one minority ethnicity and with the exception of one town there is scant evidence of work being undertaken in British Pakistani communities to confront the problem.
The Times has seen a briefing document by researchers at the UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science, which notes that victims are typically white girls aged 13 to 16 and that “most central offenders are Pakistani”, warning that “race is a delicate issue” that needs to be “handled sensitively but not brushed under the carpet”. The briefing document suggests that the offenders are not paedophiles; they target the girls “because of their malleability”.
In the Netherlands many groomers are of Moroccan heritage and a Dutch Muslim organisation has led a project seeking to challenge a cultural mindset that leads some young men to view non-Muslim girls with contempt.
Mr Edwards’ belief that similar work is needed in Britain is backed by another senior detective, who led a grooming investigation in West Yorkshire. Lack of public acknowledgement of the race factor in such cases has left a void exploited in some communities by the British National Party and other far-right groups.
In reality, such crimes are abhorred by the vast majority of Muslims. Though most of the girls targeted have been white, among the victims of a Pakistani gang in one city were several Bangladeshi Muslim girls.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre said in 2009 that networks of “white British, British Asians and Kurdish asylum-seekers” had been “prominently identified” as internal sex traffickers of British girls.
“Kurds are identified as being dominant in the North East of England, but Anglo-Asian groups appear to be in control in the Midlands. There are . . . suggestions that in London, West Indian (Caribbean) and Bangladeshi networks are similarly exploiting . . . females for sex.” With the exception of one case involving two white men in Blackburn, The Times has been unable to identify any court case in which two or more white British, Kurdish, African-Caribbean or Bangladeshi men have been convicted of child-sex offences linked to on-street grooming.
The Home Office said last night that although child protection was “an absolute priority”, it had no plans to commission research into the ethnic and cultural background of on-street groomers.
“We expect all local agencies to treat these crimes extremely seriously and to work together to address problems in individual communities,” said a spokesman.

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