And 58 cases over a period of 12 years seems exceptionally low. The issue, he argues, is less about culture or religion than opportunity and circumstance. There is guilt by association. There is nothing racist about asking whether Asians or Muslims may be disproportionately represented in any form of crime. Equally contentious is the question of why Asians may offend. Beyond the inflammatory rhetoric, what are the facts?
The cases of grooming gangs, the role of Asians, and of Muslims, and the failure of the authorities to take the issue seriously, raise important and complex questions. Certainly, the media have highlighted many cases involving Asian men grooming girls, often white, for sexual exploitation. All this makes it difficult to ascertain the facts and behoves us to be cautious.
Quilliam and its chairman, Maajid Nawaz, divide opinion. The issue, he argues, is less about culture or religion than opportunity and circumstance.
We’re told 84% of grooming gangs are Asian. But where’s the evidence?
The victims, indeed all of us, deserve better than this. Show 25 25 50 All. Loading comments… Trouble loading? In many small towns, Asians control the night-time economy — working in takeaways or driving minicabs. Media coverage is, however, a poor gauge of facts. Today, she is more cautious.