Top detective says Asian sex gangs are
pimping white girls... but police and social services keep quiet for
fear of being branded racist
and social services were today accused of fuelling a culture of silence
which has allowed hundreds of young white girls to be exploited by
Asian men for sex.
figures suggest that an alarmingly high proportion of prosecutions for
on-street grooming of girls aged between 11 and 16 have involved men of
claim the statistics represent a mere fraction of a 'tidal wave' of
offending in counties across the Midlands and the north of England
which has been going on for more than a decade.
grooming: CCTV footage shows
Mohammed Romaan Liaqat and Abid Mohammed Saddique, who were jailed last
year for a string of sexual offences in Derby, cruising the streets in
senior officer at West Mercia police has called for an end to the
'damaging taboo' connecting on-street grooming with race.
Inspector Alan Edwards said: 'These girls are being passed around and
used as meat.
stop this type of crime you need to start everyone talking about it but
everyone's been too scared to address the ethnicity factor.
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
a briefing paper, researchers at University College London's Jill Dando
Institute of Security and Crime Science concurred that victims were
typically white girls while 'most central offenders are Pakistani.'
offenders were not viewed as paedophiles but had picked the girls
'because of their malleability.'
report concluded that 'race is a delicate issue' that should be
'handled sensitively but not brushed under the carpet.'
Married fathers Mohammed Liaqat (left) and Abid Saddique who were
jailed at Leicester Crown Court
grooming usually begins with older groups of men befriending girls aged
from 11 to 16 they meet on the street.
a typical scenario, the victim is initially treated as a girlfriend and
showered with presents and attention.
the relationship quickly becomes more sinister as the abuser plies the
child with drink and drugs before effectively pimping her out to
friends and associates.
worst cases involve young girls being moved around the country to be
and agencies working in conjunction with the police to help victims of
sexual abuse in such cases have publicly denied there is a link between
ethnicity and the on-street grooming of young girls by gangs and pimps.
Breaking taboos: Chief Inspector Alan
Edwards said girls were 'being used as meat'
in 17 court cases since 1997 where groups of men were prosecuted, 53 of
the 56 people found guilty were Asian, 50 of them Muslim, while just
three were white, according to The Times.
claims come after five Asian men were jailed in November for a total of
32 years for a string of sexual offences against girls aged between 12
and 16 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
presiding judge Peter Kelson QC, told the men they were ‘sexual
predators’, adding: ‘You had what you regarded as your fun. Now you
will take your punishment.
five of you were convicted of sexual activity with a child. The
clue is in the title: a child.’
earlier, nine Asian men were jailed for the 'sustained sexual abuse' of
a privately-educated schoolgirl who was forced into sex slavery aged 14
after being picked up by a gang in Rochdale, greater Manchester.
Shafiq, director of the Lancashire-based Ramadhan Foundation, a charity
working for peaceful harmony between different communities, said last
year: ‘I think the police are overcautious because they are afraid of
being branded racist.
men are criminals and should be treated as criminals — whatever their
Labour MP Ann Cryer provoked a fierce in 2003 when she said the
traditional culture of arranged marriages could have caused a criminal
minority of Asian men to target vulnerable young white girls for sex.
cases of on-street grooming in the UK have borne comparison with
incidents in the Netherlands involving young white girl being groomed
for prostitution by Moroccan pimps, known as 'loverboys'.
tri-nation study in Utrecht in 2005 and 2006 involving Barnardo's saw a
Dutch women's group attack the 'double moral standards' of offenders
who 'guard the chastity of their sisters, but... use other girls for
their loverboy practices'.
project in Blackburn has been established to confront the issue while a
report by the Derby safeguarding children board in the wake of the
arrests last year said there should be greater consideration of
'whether the ethnic background and culture of the perpetrators had any
bearing on their decision to take part in this activity'.
SEX GANGS WHO PREYED ON VULNERABLE YOUNG GIRLS
NOVEMBER 1997: LEEDS TAXI
Mohammed Naim Rashid, 21, was jailed
for seven years and Abid Hussain
Sadique, 21, for four by Leeds Crown Court in November 1997.
were 20 victims, some as young as 12, who had been groomed for sex by a
ring of private-hire drivers. They were abused in a room above the taxi
APRIL 2006: GANG RAPE IN BLACKPOOL
a case sparked by the disappearance of Charlene Downes, 14, two illegal
immigrants were jailed for the rape of another girl, 16.
Puppy Parmar, 31, was sentenced to
seven years and three months while Sandeep
Chauhan got six years and five months.
Crown Court heard how the girl and a friend were given alcohol at an
Indian restaurant before being taken to an attic and assaulted.
One victim was abused by four men.
have never found any trace of Charlene and two men were acquitted of
her murder after a jury failed to reach verdicts.
Twenty seven young girls,
included the interviewee pictured, were abused by the Derby rape gang
headed by Mohammed Liaqat and Abid Saddique
AUGUST 2007: BLACKBURN VICTIMS PASSED ROUND
police inquiry into grooming of girls as young as 12 eventually led to
the conviction of Zulfqar Hussain,
46, and Qaiser Naveed, 32.
targeted two 14-year-olds in the care of social services, plying them
with drink an drugs before having sex with them in a BMW and a flat.
victims were also offered to brothers, uncles and friends for sex.
were jailed for five years and eight months on charges including
abduction, sexual activity with a child and supplying drugs.
OCTOBER 2007 AND JANUARY 2008: 33 VICTIMS
AGED 12 TO 15 IN SHEFFIELD
city's crown court heard how an inquiry was sparked when a number of
girls went missing from home.
14-year-old was taken for a car ride before being raped.
Iraqi asylum seeker Ayad Mahmood,
35, and Aziz Sabir Hamed, 24,
were both given a ten-year sentence.
FEBRUARY 2010: ROCHDALE VICTIM, 16, RAPED BY
THREE MEN WHILE FOURTH TOOK PICTURES
Ajmal Afridi, 19, Imitiaz Syed, 20, Tayub Hussain, 19, Mustafa Arshad, 17, and Mohammed Usman Raja, 20, were all
jailed for their part in the assault.
girl was given whisky and possibly sleeping tablets before being raped
by Afridi, Syed and Hussain while Arshad took pictures.
was later found wandering the streets. Raja was jailed for perverting
the course of justice.
NOVEMBER 2010: THE DERBY CASE
one of the most notorious incidents of street grooming to date, nine
men were convicted of abusing young girls.
Abid Siddique, 27, Mohammed Liaqat, 28, Mohamed Imran Rehman, 26, Faisal Mehmood, 24, Akshay Kumar, 38, Naweed Liaqat, 33, Farooq Ahmed, 29, Graham Blackham, 26 and Ziafat Yasin, 31, were jailed for
their parts in the shocking case.
than 100 police officers were involved in Operation Retriever, which
identified 27 victims, 22 of whom were white.
and Liaqat targeted their victims on the streets of Derby while driving
in a BMW.
then exchanged number, invited them to parties and fed them drugs and
alcohol before handing them to older men for sex.
abuse, which took place in bushes, cars and houses was filmed for ther
men to share.