Jack Straw thinks that some Pakistani Muslim men see white women as easy meat. He’s right of course. I’m in no doubt that some Pakistani men see white women as easy meat but it’s not an exclusive club. Far from it. Vulnerable girls all over the world are easy meat to a proportion of men all over the world. You don’t have to be a white girl to be easy meat and you don’t have to be a Pakistani Muslim to exploit vulnerable girls.
It’s a delicate issue because of the risk of offending the ethnic communities and accusations of racism but there are claims that it’s predominantly Asian men from ethnic minority groups (not just Pakistani’s) that are actively grooming vulnerable white girls. Well if there is hard evidence to say that grooming and organised abuse by a particular group is a problem then we need honesty. We need to acknowledge the problem and it should be investigated to the end but equally, to make sweeping generalisations without definite proof will make the authorities involved focus on that one particular group which could lead to them missing abuse in other areas.
I know it’s a dilemma. Of course we really don’t want to see the likes of the BNP capitalising on these reports but what could be worse than having investigations into serious crimes against vulnerable girls – children actually – being inhibited or covered-up for fear of offending communities or fuelling the far-right groups?
Like I said, if there’s evidence to suggest the predators are predominantly Asian then the Asian community has a duty to look within itself. Turning a blind eye is a crime in itself. We demanded accountability from the Roman Catholic church regarding the child sex scandals and if the Muslim communities are protecting their members in full knowledge of what’s going on then we should be making the same demands on them.
I suppose the best thing is to make these vulnerable young girls aware of the dangers and educate them on the tactics that these predators use to lure them in. And even if the evidence is strong that Asian males are the main abusers, the focus shouldn’t be on them exclusively because the risk then would be that the girls would drop their defences against young white males who could potentially be just as dangerous.
These vulnerable kids don’t care what ethnic background their abusers come from. They just need protecting from despicable sexual predators and if the police are reluctant to respond to allegations for fear of damaging race relations, then there is something very wrong going on.