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Reader’s Comment: Pakistani girls are also victims of sexual abuse


In response to Jane Kelly: Sarah Champion safeguards plain-speaking Brits, mudlark2 wrote:

I would have been a bit more impressed by Sarah Champion’s recent conversion if it hadn’t been for the fact that she kept calling for an enquiry into the reasons why these crimes are committed. Do we really need to know why?

We also need to question what is happening to children and young women within the families of these perpetrators. About a year ago, I heard a truly harrowing programme on Radio 4 about grooming and paedophilia within British Pakistani communities. Girls with learning difficulties or with dysfunctional home lives were often targeted, drugged and raped in a similar way to their white counterparts.

The Pakistani woman who had revealed these crimes was risking her own life in highlighting them. I expected some reaction to this programme but have never heard the slightest mention of it or these activities since the broadcast. Perhaps Sarah Champion needs to ask the reason why we continue to allow these communities to keep their dirty secrets hidden, but I guess that won’t win her votes from her natural constituency at the next election.


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