OPINION: Grooming Gangs – UKIP Needs To Stand-Up For Suffering Young Girls
The anger arose within me and I felt like throwing up.
I was sitting in a neat tidy home in small-town England last week listening to the parents and sibling of an English girl who, aged 15, had been groomed by a gang of Pakistani men from nearby large towns.
In the following years, they told me, she was abused, raped, gang-raped, beaten, forced into drug-taking, endlessly made drunk, made pregnant, had six abortions, was trafficked around as a sex-slave and had been continually violated by the men.
I felt sick, and the helpless anguish of the girl’s family compounded my nausea. They seemed such a normal decent people.
“They tried to get her to learn the Quran off by heart,” they continued, “and when she forgot it, they beat her again. Once they covered her head with a bag and all she could hear was them sharpening knives close by her throat. She was petrified.”
“They think they’re ISIS and they’re living in England,” I muttered to myself aghast.
But this has become the new normal in 21st century Britain.
Since the late 80s, girls up and down the country have been abused by Muslim grooming gangs on an industrial scale; in the first fifteen years of this century there were convictions in Rotherham, Rochdale, Leeds, Blackpool, Oldham, Blackburn, Manchester, Skipton, Nelson, Preston, Derby, Accrington, Telford, Bradford, Ipswich, Oxford, Keighley, Birmingham, Leicester, Peterborough, Burton, Bristol, Sheffield, Chesham, Slough, Banbury and Aylesbury amongst others.
Overwhelmingly the victims were white English girls, although some came from Asian Sikh background.
Most gang members were Pakistani men. But some were Somalian, Iranian, Iraqi, Kurdish, Kosovan, Afghan, Bangladeshi and other nationalities. The common characteristic is that almost to a man the groomers came from an Islamic background.
And the court successes above are just the tip of an appalling iceberg. An official report says in Rotherham alone (population 110,000) there may have been as many as 1,400 abused girls. In 2014 police chiefs reckoned that there were tens of thousands of victims every year across the UK. In 2015 Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham calculated that there could be as many as one million victims of child sexual exploitation gangs nationwide.
The other defining characteristics of the abuse have been its local nature and its brazenness.
This hasn’t been an online groomer alone in his bedroom passing videos of his secret conquests to predators and pedophiles via the dark web, nor has it been a solitary old man in a dirty raincoat waiting furtively up a dark alley.
This is in-your-face, on the street, in shopping malls, outside youth centers and above the local chicken shop. With impunity, girls have been collected from their home or school by local Muslim taxi drivers and taken to flats or derelict buildings for drugs, sex, and abuse by gangs of Muslim men.
It’s right to be utterly disgusted by these people, and to want them jailed with the key thrown away.
It’s also right for a political party like UKIP to attack, expose, hold to account, condemn and campaign for the removal of those in authority who have allowed this to happen.
Research shows that one reason for their inaction has been complacency, bureaucratic bumbling, and inadequate cooperation between relevant agencies.
But the main cause has been paralysing political correctness and the refusal to tackle the issue for fear of being branded ‘racist’ or ‘Islamophobic’ – or offending leaders of the local Muslim community some of whom may themselves be elected local councillors.
As a consequence young girls have suffered horrendously. And it is still happening. Today. Bigtime. Up and down the country.
A month ago I went out on the streets of Rochdale – home to the most infamous of the Muslim grooming gangs whose nine members collectively were jailed for 77 years in 2012. I was accompanied by courageous parents of rescued girls.
Dressed with anti-stab vests and body-worn cameras, they frequently run a night patrol around the town center to try to protect girls from the predations of other grooming gangs. Despite the jail sentences, the issue is still very much alive in the town.
Political correctness and hostility have never deterred UKIP from doing the right thing. Brexit, mass immigration, opposition to gay marriage – the party has not been afraid to take on the political establishment.
For the sake of the girls, we should now campaign actively against those authorities up and down the country who are inert, stay silent or duck dive for cover when the grooming gang terror arises in their neighbourhood.
A recent report into the Rotherham grooming gang scandal found substantial failings, errors and missed opportunities by the local Labour council. But not one senior person has been sacked.
This is outrageous, and an opportunity for UKIP to do what it does best: expose the corrupt, venal, self-serving, mainstream politicians who run local councils and let young girls suffer across the country.
The next local elections are in May. Let’s campaign and kick out those responsible.