Jul 2, 2012 3 Comments ›› Pat Dollard
The men of our societies are failing their fundamental duty to protect their women from such animals by letting them into our societies in the first place. We know how Islam feels about women, and about women who are not Muslims, and we know that the rape of both is culturally sanctioned. The men of Western societies have neutered themselves and lost the rights to their own women by abdicating their responsibility to protect them, with the knife of political correctness. By bowing to PC in almost every form, men are no longer protecting their women and children, period.
ROCHDALE, England (AP) — She was lonely in the way only an adolescent girl can be: No friends, no boyfriend, not much of a relationship with her parents. So she felt special when a man decades older paid attention to her, bought her trinkets, gave her free booze.
Then he took her to a dingy room above a kebab shop and said she had to give something back in return. His demands grew: Not just sex with him, but with his friends. It went on for years, until police charged nine men with running a sex ring with underage girls.
The story of Girl A, as she became known in court, is tragic by any measure, but it has also become explosive. Because there is no getting around it: The girls are white, and the men who used them as sex toys are Muslims, mostly Pakistanis raised in Britain. And it’s not just Rochdale — roughly a dozen other cases of Muslim men accused of grooming young white girls for sex are slowly moving to trial across northern England, involving up to several hundred girls in all.
The abuse intensified. The ring of predators grew; the circle of victims widened. Eventually there would be at least 47 victims or witnesses.
The girl was driven around at night, forced to have sex with more and more men, sometimes up to five a day, in cars or restaurant backrooms or grubby apartments. The men threatened her if she complained. There seemed to be no escape.
She was trapped in a secret world of sex acts that took place late at night when most people in Rochdale were safely tucked away in their homes.
The Rochdale men do not fit the classic profile for sex offenders in Britain — the majority of pedophilia crimes are committed by white men who target boys and girls via the Internet. However, there is a consensus among prosecutors, police, social workers and leading national politicians that “street grooming,” which happened in Rochdale, is largely dominated by Muslim men.
Ella Cockbain, a University College of London crime science specialist, says research shows that mostly Muslim men make up the big groups of offenders who work together. She chooses her words carefully because the sample size is small and the topic sensitive.
“There are definite patterns emerging that would be foolish to ignore,” she says.
Mohammed Shafiq, a British Pakistani who directs the Ramadhan Foundation in Rochdale, has angered some in his own community by suggesting that police at first did not pursue the case aggressively for fear of appearing racist because of an obsession “with the doctrine of political correctness.”
Shafiq says that a “tiny minority” of Pakistani men feel white girls are worthless and immoral — and can be abused with impunity.
“They know if they took someone from the Muslim community, it pretty quickly is going to be found out,” he says. “But those white girls are available, so they think they can get away with it.”
The men in the Rochdale sex ring were remarkable only in their ordinariness. They were part of British life, but on the fringes — the sort of people most Britons don’t really notice when they pass them on the street.
Many were taxi drivers, accustomed to working all-night shifts with long down time between fares, and they frequented the late-night kebab takeout shops offering familiar lamb, chicken and falafel dishes. Their cab stands and the kebab shops were often the only businesses that remained open after the bars closed.
Most of the men were first or second generation Pakistanis raised mainly in Britain. Only one had faced previous sex charges: Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, at 59 the oldest in the group, who was accused of repeatedly raping a young girl in a separate case. Ahmed, known to the girls as “Daddy,” was convicted of 30 counts of rape in that case last week.
Some of the men had families and small businesses. The ring included Abdul Rauf, 43, who would later claim to have experience as a Muslim preacher, which local Islamic leaders dismiss as a total fabrication. A few had ongoing contacts with local politicians.
The men were neither affluent nor dirt poor. They lived outwardly stable lives but had few obvious prospects for advancement.
They were finally brought to justice after health workers reported a large increase in the number of underage girls in the Rochdale area claiming to have suffered sexual abuse. The next year, Afzal, the new regional chief of the Crown Prosecution Service, reversed the earlier decision by prosecutors and decided to press the case in court, with Girl A at its core.
“It was a no-brainer,” Afzal told the Associated Press. “She was immensely credible. And the police now had evidence of a wide network.”
Eleven men were charged with offenses ranging from rape to conspiracy, and police suspect more were involved. The men had such psychological power over the girls that even during the trial, one girl talked of a defendant as her boyfriend.
Parliament has launched an inquiry based in part on reports that the abuse is far more widespread than originally thought. Afzal said his office is handling roughly a dozen other similar cases, including one that involves 13 men accused of operating a sex ring with 24 girls.
In today’s Britain, which prides itself on being a tolerant and integrated society, the case has stripped away the skin to expose the racial sores festering beneath. It is also feeding an already raw anger against the country’s Muslim minority.