Newcastle, United Kingdom: 18 gang members have been convicted of nearly 100 offenses including assault, rape, trafficking for prostitution, and supplying drugs.
These convictions are part of the “Operation Sanctuary” probe, a 3-year police operation that has led to over 400 convictions and identified more than 700 victims over the past three years.
According to police, the Newcastle gang targeted vulnerable women who were coerced into sex using drugs, alcohol, threats, violence, and money. Most of the victims were white women and girls, some as young as age 12.
These convictions, which follow similar patterns of abuse in Rotherham, Oxford, and Rochdale, have reignited the national debate over whether certain minorities should be taking responsibility for these crimes.
“These grooming gangs were individuals that were using alcohol, using drugs, and actually having ‘sessions’ exploiting these young girls,” argues Muhbeen Hussain, founder of the group British Muslim Youth. “I don’t know what’s Islamic about drinking alcohol, drugs, and exploiting young girls.”
“It’s not a Muslim issue, but they are mostly Muslims,” points out Newcastle counselor Dipu Ahad. “We need to challenge deep-rooted issues in the community, where some men are looking at women – not just white women – in a way that’s not acceptable.”
Ahad urges faith leaders and community groups to fight back by discussing the perceptions of women and relationships and by using religious texts and prayer to promote gender equality.
Opposition Liberal Democrats city councilor Greg Stone takes a harder stance. “No one wants to demonize a particular community, but the fact that this is happening again and again in the same circumstances and communities is a fact we cannot ignore.”
“I don’t think we can eliminate the scale of abuse…unless we ask some tough questions of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi community,” continues Stone.
Similar gang activity has been documented throughout the United Kingdom, with thousands of cases largely ignored until 2001.
There is a widespread belief that a culture of silence and political correctness led to inaction by law enforcement officials who feared being labeled “racist.”
As reported by Breitbart, a rape survivor in Rotherham says she was told not to comment on the ethnicity of the people who abused her. She said authorities made her feel racist. At least 1,400 children were exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.
It has also been discovered that police paid a convicted child rapist nearly $13,000 to work as an informant on the case that led to the Newcastle convictions.
Just this week, 24-year-old Jimmy Lamb was arrested in Newcastle after walking through a public place with the message “stop Muslim grooming gangs” written on his back and chest.
“It frustrated me that no one would describe these people as Muslim, only Asian,” said Jimmy. “I wanted to raise awareness that this is a serious issue and it is not going to go away.”
Jimmy says he hasn’t been charged with anything yet. “I hope it goes to court. If they prosecute me, it will reflect badly on them.”
Editor’s note: Political correctness is interfering with rational decision making. These people are not assimilating into civilized culture.