Sajid Javid is to launch an inquiry into “cultural drivers” behind grooming gangs. The home secretary referenced cases in Rotherham,
Rochdale, Oxford, Newcastle and Telford in his speech on child exploitation in Britain. “We’ve witnessed horrendous abuse perpetrated by gangs who
have been persistent and determined in places like Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford, Newcastle and Telford,” said Javid speaking at the headquarters of
the NSPCC in London.
“Keeping our children safe will be my mission as home secretary. I have already been clear that I will ask difficult questions about the
gangs who sexually abuse our children. There will be no no-go areas of inquiry. I will not let cultural or political sensitivities get in the way of
understanding the problem and doing something about it.
“We know that in these recent high-profile cases, where people have been convicted, that those people are disproportionately from a
Pakistani background. I have instructed my officials to explore the particular context and characteristics of these types of gangs and if the
evidence suggests that there are cultural factors that may be driving this type of offending, then I will take action.
Numerous, high-profile ongoing criminal investigations are being carried out into child exploitation in the UK. Javid’s speech follows
research from the Quilliam think-tank which claimed 84 percent of those convicted, since 2005, of child grooming offences were from an Asian
background. White offenders were more likely to act alone while Asian offenders often worked in gangs, the research posited. Investigators into the
Rotherham grooming-gang suggested that there could be up to 1,500 victims.
It is imperative that the similarities are addressed .
First of all , this is a difficult task , so I'm going to point to obvious cultural factors that are easily noted , and hope that others chip in .
One of the similarities between the grooming gang cases in various cities is the fact that the 'race card' is a notable form of defense for this
covertly organised behaviour . I'm in disagreement that only Pakistanis are involved in the utilization of this defensive mechanism , because other
minority groups have been noted grooming underage girls , ie Egyptians. While what's in common with Pakistan and Egypt is Islamic beliefs , members
of ethnic communities in cities are also Sikhs , Hindus etc . While offenders can hardly be noted for their devout religiosity , the cultural factor
then is simply being of a race other than native whites , which all carry the privilege of being able to play 'the race card' .
I'm also in disagreement that only white underage girls are targets of grooming gangs , yet there does seem to be a prevalence of white victims ,
possibly because those are known to be others than may live within predominantly ethic populated areas of cities , therefore less of a threat to the
perpetrators by living in close proximity .
Taxi Operators :
What better way to get to know the populace of a city , than sitting in a taxi , hanging around ? There's a good reason to hang around , watching
people go by, if you're employed to do so on a daily basis . Therefore , when he says 'cultural factors' , taxi drivers may be quite literally
'driving' the problem . The suggestion to SJ investigators is this : find out who runs , owns , employs , works, in the taxi trade in cities .Will
there be cultural factors in driving people around ? Almost certainly yes , and in every city : don't ignore this then .
Charity Shops :
To relate a personal experience : I was in town , just killing time window shopping , when two Egyptian / Middle Eastern men walked by, looking at me
as if I shouldn't be there observing things . Being me I decided to follow them at a distance , and they shortly turned in to a Charity Shop, The
Salvation Army . Being bold I followed them in , whereupon I found they had gone into a back room inaccessible to the public . To my surprise also ,
there was an underage pregnant looking girl manning the till , and a Egyptian man of about 21 was stroking her stomach . While assuming this was a
situation (on topic) I addressed the man saying that "it is not acceptable in Britain to touch women that are under a certain age , that being at a
minimum of 16" I also addressed the girl asking if she was ok with that behaviour , and also that if she was concerned about his advances then she
should stay away from him , preferably at home, because she had protected her stomach ( containing possible baby) from his approach . I received no
replies , except an embarassed nod from the girl and an angry stare from the Egyptian . I informed him that the shop would now remain under suspicion
and left , informing a contact in the market square about what had unfolded .
Primary Childrens and Adolecents Mental Health Services
When in Oxford I visited the Mental Health Advocacy Office which distributes free literature . It is on the same grounds as the large new NHS complex
in Cowley , and PCAMHS have taken the entire top deck of the wide 3 storey structure , and were only labelled as PCAMHS on the ground floor . While in
the office , a senior staff member was asked , what is PCAMHS ? The answer came as "I dont know" . Having a sixth sense for liars , the issue was
pressed with"'it's over there in the new building on the top floor" , however the answer was "I dont know what it is" which came with dark
flushing to the cheeks etc , an fairly obvious lie and a cause of obvious embarassment . Coming from someone running such an office , suspicion was
immediate . On further investigation of another premises of the pcamhs group , it was discovered that a device was present at the entrance, emitting
sound inaudible to adults but audible and offensive enough to disperse children, such as those used by shops with persistent problems of teenagers
hanging around the entrances .
On topic , cultural issues played a part also , in that many of the mental health staff in Oxford were found to be of African origin , often Nigerian
or Rhodesian . On speaking with one such mental health assistant , she revealed that an NHS recruitment programme had been/was in effect in her
country Rhodesia , hence she had been given travel and work permits etc and a job within mental health in Oxford , and that similar circumstances
applied to many of her colleagues .
Also on topic , what might PCAMHS and mental health care have to do with the grooming of underage girls , or to do with pedophiles in general ? The
answer partly is that complaints made may result in referrals to this area , also that the locking up and forced drugging of children and others may
take place in these environments , without oversight by police or any other means of help for potential victims . As it turned out later , these were
in fact issues involved with case of Oxford , where mental health and social services professionals were also charged with csa related crimes .
In the park / the bandstand :
Teenagers often girls frequent parks , taking shelter where it is available . A common factor between the cases is that girls at a loose end are
picked up and groomed from the actual places where they can be found . In this sense the cultural factor of what activities and places the potential
victims go to should also be assessed ,