The deputy Children’s Commissioner has misinformed British MPs about the racial nature of some of the sexual abuse gangs. She referred to the recent case at Rochdale that almost exclusively involved Pakistani’s abusing white girls, saying that this was part of a wider picture of exploitation involving all races. If you completely ignore demographics and other highly relevant evidence, then that is true.
A recent report by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOPC) identified 2,379 offenders since the start of 2008, but investigators were only able to establish reliable information about half of the offenders, the majority of whom were aged between 18 and 24. In almost a third of the remaining cases, agencies had insufficient information to draw any conclusions about ethnicity. Of those that remained, 38% were white (83.35% of the population of England and Wales are white) and 26% were Asian (5.87% of the population of England & Wales are Asian). The report stressed that this data was poor because in nine out of 10 cases, the research could not detail the meaning of “Asian”.
So how is it that such a tiny minority (just under 6%) has more offenders (according to CEOPC) than the white majority (just over 83%) in England & Wales?
Keith Vaz, the longest-serving Asian MP in the UK and the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007 said, in response to the Rochdale abuse case that the “focus should be taken off the origin or religion of those involved”.
I say, no it shouldn’t, as the statistics don’t bear out the argument that is being formulated at the hearing in Westminster.