Tuesday, May 8, 2012

"Girls who were reluctant to have sex were held down and raped...Another gave evidence of being raped by two men while she was ‘so drunk she was vomiting over the side of the bed"

Beyond disgusting.

From the Daily Mail May 8 by Jaya Narain, Nazia Parveen and James Tozer

As nine men face jail for grooming girls: Why did no one listen to teenage victim of sex gang?

A sex grooming gang which plied teenage girls with alcohol before raping them could have been stopped two years before their sickening crimes were finally uncovered.

As many as 47 vulnerable girls were given alcohol, gifts and money before being passed around to have sex with ‘several men a day, several times a week’.

At least one victim was forced to have sex with 20 men in one night when she was drunk, police said. Two became pregnant as a result of their horrifying ordeal – one of whom was only 13 and had an abortion.

Yesterday nine men, all but one originally from Pakistan, were facing lengthy jail terms after being convicted of a string of offences, ranging from rape to sex trafficking.

But it can be revealed that a golden opportunity to smash the ring was missed nearly four years ago after a 15-year-old girl told police she had been raped in 2008.

Over the next two years, dozens of white teenagers were abused by older men in the gang, which was centred around takeaways in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

A review of the earlier case in 2010 sparked a wave of arrests and charges.

The case is the latest involving men of predominantly Asian origin picking up young girls for sex.

Former Home Secretary Jack Straw last year accused some Pakistani men of seeing white girls as ‘easy meat’ for sexual abuse following the jailing of another grooming gang in Derby. The latest case was conducted against a backdrop of racial politics.

Tensions were exploited by far-Right groups who waved anti-Muslim placards outside Liverpool Crown Court and marched on the takeaways named in the case three days after the trial started.

A barrister for the men was punched outside court by a protester, while tweets by BNP leader Nick Griffin sparked extraordinary claims – later dismissed – of a ‘mole’ inside the jury room.

Despite this, police were at pains to play down the racial element last night.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mary Doyle, of Greater Manchester Police, insisted that getting ‘hung up on race and ethnicity issues’ detracted from what was simple child sex abuse.

‘There is no evidence to say they were targeted because they were white,’ she said. ‘They were targeted because they were there.’

But some campaign groups argue that to tackle the problem it is vital to recognise that a minority within their community prey on young, white girls.

‘There is a particular problem with groups of Pakistani men who think white girls are worthless,’ said Mohammed Shafiq, director of the Ramadhan Foundation. ‘They think they can use and abuse these girls in this abhorrent sort of way and then discard them.’

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