It can not be ignored that all all the perpetrators, though they had different nationalities, were Muslim One particularly misguided commentary argued that the predators’ religion was an irrelevance, for what really mattered was that most of them worked in the night-time economy as taxi drivers, just as in the Rochdale child sex scandal many of the abusers worked in kebab houses, so they had far more opportunities to target vulnerable girls. While it is, of course, true that abuse happens in all communities, no amount of obfuscation can hide the pattern that has been exposed in a series of recent chilling scandals, from Rochdale to Oxford, and Telford to Derby.
Moreover, reputable studies show that around 26 per cent of those involved in grooming and exploitation rings are Muslims, which is around five times higher than the proportion of Muslims in the adult male population.
Brothers Bassam Karrar (left) and Mohammed Karrar (right) were found guilty at the Old Bailey yesterday.
The men were not from China, or India or Sri Lanka or even Bangladesh.
They were all from either Pakistan or Eritrea, which is, in fact, in East Africa rather than Asia.
It is telling, though, that they never dared to target Muslim girls from the Oxford area.
They knew that they would be sought out by the girls’ families and ostracised by their community.