UK: Race, culture or religion?

UK: Race, culture or religion?

The debate in the UK on what's behind Pakistani sexual exploitation of young girls continues (see here, here and here). Poll below.

Via Yorkshire Post:
A YORKSHIRE MP has backed Jack Straw's controversial remarks linking some British Pakistani men to child sexual exploitation as it emerged a Parliamentary inquiry could be launched into the issue of grooming.

Keighley Tory MP Kris Hopkins said although Mr Straw had used a "sledgehammer approach" it was an issue "that needs to be debated and needs to be discussed".

He said it was important to recognise it only involved a minority but added: "There is an issue with some young men from that particular community who don't respect women, I think that's what it fundamentally starts off with.

"This involves the second and third generation (British Pakistani men) – there has been a lack of a challenge over behaviour towards women. There needs to be a broad debate and not just among politicians but among community leaders, individuals, families – we need to address this."

Via BBC:
A retired Lancashire detective has backed Jack Straw for speaking out over the sexual exploitation of young white girls by men of Pakistani origin.

Blackburn Labour MP Mr Straw suggested some white girls were seen as easy targets for sexual grooming.

Former Det Supt Mick Gradwell said it was an issue that had been clear for many years and needed to be addressed.

He said investigations into the sexual exploitation of children had suffered because of political sensitivity.

"I know that police officers know what they're saying is true, but they're not coming out and saying it because you can't feel comfortable, because of allegations of institutional racism, that you can come out and say that a culture or a race is suspected of this sort of crime.

"If there were people who frequented a particular public house, who were going out and doing things, you would target that particular trend," he said.

"There is without doubt a trend, as Mr Straw says, in a small number of men of Pakistani origin, who regard young, white girls as easy meat."


Keith Vaz, Labour chairman of the home affairs select committee, said it was wrong to stereotype a whole community and a proper inquiry was needed.

Mr Vaz, who said he represented many men of Pakistani origin in his Leicester East constituency, said: "What I don't think we can do is say that this is a cultural problem. One can accept the evidence which is put before us about patterns and networks but to go that step further I think is pretty dangerous."

What do you think?