SEVEN members of a sadistic Muslim paedophile ring in Oxford are to be sentenced on June 26 after they were convicted in the Old Bailey this week of of a catalogue of offences including conspiracy to rape, child prostitution and trafficking over an eight year period.
Their victims – vulnerable schoolgirls – were plucked from the streets and care homes to be drugged, raped and sold into prostitution in the university city of Oxford.
Judge Peter Rook warned them:
You have been convicted of the most serious offences. Long custodial sentences are inevitable.
Two sets of brothers, Akhtar Dogar, 32, and Anjum Dogar, 31, and Mohammed Karrar, 38, and Bassam Karrar, 33, were convicted along with Kamar Jamil, 27, Assad Hussain, 32, and Zeeshan Ahmed, 27.
Fighting broke out in the dock at the Old Bailey after two other defendants – Mohammed Hussain, 25, and a man who cannot be named for legal reasons – were cleared. Zeeshan Ahmed struck out at Mohammed Hussain before being bundled out of the dock by officers.
After the verdict, former Labour MP Ann Cryer faced criticism for blaming the Oxford paedophile ring on “cultural practices imported” from Pakistan.
Thames Valley Police Chief Constable Sara Thornton warned about making generalisations about the men’s background, saying similar abuse can happen “across the community”.
But Cryer, who has campaigned on child grooming issues, said:
It’s cultural practices that have been imported into this country from Pakistan and we must not lose sight of that fact. We can’t just turn a blind eye to it.
Speaking on a BBC Five Live phone-in, Cryer claimed there was a “very paternalistic culture in Pakistan,” saying not many women had voted in the recent elections there.
She went on to claim that Pakistani communities in the North of England had:
Imported the view that women are not worth much and therefore they do not care too much about what happens to them.
Her views were criticised by the next caller, who said:
It’s shocking that you could demonise an entire culture with the behaviour of a few evil individuals from that culture.
There was also a backlash on Twitter, with many users criticising presenter Nicky Campbell for failing to challenge her.
But the most damning imdictment of Islam’s role in this horrible case came from Dr Taj Hargey, a MUSLIM community leader and imam at the Oxford Islamic Congregation. Writing in the Daily Mail, he said:
The fact is that the vicious activities of the Oxford ring are bound up with religion and race: religion, because all the perpetrators, though they had different nationalities, were Muslim; and race, because they deliberately targeted vulnerable white girls, whom they appeared to regard as ‘easy meat’, to use one of their revealing, racist phrases.
Indeed, one of the victims who bravely gave evidence in court told a newspaper afterwards that ‘the men exclusively wanted white girls to abuse’.
But as so often in fearful, politically correct modern Britain, there is a craven unwillingness to face up to this reality.
Moreover, reputable studies show that around 26 percent of those involved in grooming and exploitation rings are Muslims, which is around five times higher than the proportion of Muslims in the adult male population.
To pretend that this is not an issue for the Islamic community is to fall into a state of ideological denial.
But then part of the reason this scandal happened at all is precisely because of such politically correct thinking. All the agencies of the state, including the police, the social services and the care system, seemed eager to ignore the sickening exploitation that was happening before their eyes.
Hat tip: BarrieJohn