The trial of the Pakistani child-rape gang in Rochdale has finally come to an end with nine of the accused being found guilty, while two were acquitted. Eight of the men are of Pakistani origin and the other was an Afghan. Commenting on the case, Greater Manchester Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood denied that it was about race. He said: “It is not a racial issue. This is about adults preying on vulnerable young children. It just happens that in this particular area and time the demographics were that these were Asian men. However, in large parts of the country we are seeing on-street grooming, child sexual exploitation happening in each of our towns and it isn’t about a race issue. The street grooming issue is about vulnerability and who has access to that vulnerability.”
Keith Vaz, the longest-serving Asian MP and the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007 said that the “focus should be taken off the origin or religion of those involved”.
Those statements were made without a shred of evidence to back up their assertions. Evidence appears to confirm a link to racial grouping in a recent study. In research carried out by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, which looked at 230 gangs and their involvement in child exploitation, the ethnicity of half that figure was unknown; presumably indeterminate. Of the other half 36 were white gangs and 41 were Asian.
Now for the statistics. According to the 2001 UK Census, there were approximately 2,331,423 South Asians, constituting 4.0% of the population of the UK. That is a fractional representation of our population. However, more is to come. Those who of Indian origin numbered 1,053,411 (1.8% of the population), 747,285 people were of Pakistani origin (1.3%), 283,063 were of Bangladeshi origin (0.5%), and 247,664 were other Asian (0.4%). South Asians make up 50.3% of the UK’s non-European population. Thus, in 2001, Pakistanis represented only 1.3% of the total UK population.
So of the gangs studied by CEOPC, 36 gangs were of UK white origin – they number 50,366,497 and therefore represent 85.67% of the population. Other whites (non-UK origin) numbered 3,096,169 and thus represent 5.27% of the UK population. Thus 36 white gangs sexually exploiting children were extracted from the UK white ethnics who made just over 91% of the population. The UK Pakistani population is now (2012) 977,285, or 1.6% of the UK, and yet they have more gangs exploiting children, seemingly children from white families. How can a group that totals 1.6% of the population have 41 gangs when the UK whites, whose ethnic grouping totals 91% of the population, only has 36 gangs? Either these figures are hopelessly biased or inadequate or they indicate that British Pakistanis have a problem in their midst.
A few months ago I wrote an open letter to Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadan Foundation. I criticised him for not looking the problem in the face and encouraging the Pakistani community to deal with this problem robustly. He obviously took my comments to heart, because he accused Pakistani community elders of “burying their heads in the sand” on the issue of on-street grooming. “There is a significant problem for the British Pakistani community,” he said “There should be no silence in addressing the issue of race as this is central to the actions of these criminals. They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community.”
Contrast Mr. Shafiq’s brave and timely comments with those of Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood of Greater Manchester Police who denied that the ethnicity of either the defendants or the victims was a factor. “It is not a racial issue,” he said. “This is about adults preying on vulnerable young children. It just happens that in this particular area and time the demographics were that these were Asian men.”
The white British establishment in the UK are too scared to nail this vile crime by many Pakistani men – if they were white ‘paedophiles’ they would rightly be hounded down. So why is the establishment so afraid to upset Pakistani sensibilities? If only they had the courage of Mr. Shafiq.