Sexual exploitation and grooming of young vulnerable white girls is a particular problem in Asian communities,one of Britain’s top prosecutors has claimed.
Nazir Afzal,Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England,said the status of women among some Asian men led to cases of white girls being sexually abused.
The remarks came after two Asian men Mahfuzur Rahman and Abdul Hannan were convicted of raping or sexually assaulting four young women after they were picked up and plied with alcohol.
Following the case,Afzal said it should not pass unnoticed that the perpetrators were Asian and the victims were not.
Cultural baggage and the status of women among some men in these communities contributes to their disrespect for the rights of women, The Telegraph quoted Afzal,as saying.
Exploitation happens in every community but these cases demonstrate that group grooming is a particular problem in Asian communities. I will not turn a blind eye to crimes in any community, he added.
According to the paper,the case of Rahman,25,and Hannan,36,has raised concerns that their victims,all from Rochdale,Greater Manchester,were failed by police and prosecutors when they first reported they had been attacked.
Two of the four victims gave videotaped interviews,in 2009 and 2010 respectively,in which they described being raped by Rahman,but criminal investigations were abandoned,leaving the rapist free to strike again.