This is not the first time the Daily Mail brings up the issue, and accuses the authorities of fearing to act so as not to be branded as racists. But while the Daily Mail wants to focus on the fact that 95% of the people prosecuted for running 'sex gangs' were Asian, it barely speaks about the fact that 89% were also Muslim.
The article's page headline is "Police and Muslim leaders call for end to 'cultural cover-up' of sex gangs", but I could not find any reference to Muslim leaders in the article itself.
Via Daily Mail:
Police and social services were today accused of fuelling a culture of silence which has allowed hundreds of young white girls to be exploited by Asian men for sex.
New figures suggest that an alarmingly high proportion of prosecutions for on-street grooming of girls aged between 11 and 16 have involved men of Pakistani heritage.
Experts claim the statistics represent a mere fraction of a 'tidal wave' of offending in counties across the Midlands and the north of England which has been going on for more than a decade.
Charities and agencies working in conjunction with the police to help victims of sexual abuse in such cases have publicly denied there is a link between ethnicity and the on-street grooming of young girls by gangs and pimps.
But in 17 court cases since 1997 where groups of men were prosecuted, 53 of the 56 people found guilty were Asian, 50 of them Muslim, while just three were white, according to The Times.
A senior officer at West Mercia police has called for an end to the 'damaging taboo' connecting on-street grooming with race.
Chief Inspector Alan Edwards said: 'These girls are being passed around and used as meat.
'To stop this type of crime you need to start everyone talking about it but everyone's been too scared to address the ethnicity factor.
'No one wants to stand up and say that Pakistani guys in some parts of the country are recruiting young white girls and passing them around their relatives for sex, but we need to stop being worried about the racial complication.'