The Mail continues to mine the Rochdale sex-gang case for stories. The angle on this one is interesting
: not all the victims were from extremely troubled and vulnerable backgrounds (though it seems the vast majority of them were), one of them even qualifies as middle class and the Mail notes approvingly that her dad drives a BMW. The Mail is right to point out that the media's emphasis on the girls being in care and having behavioural difficulties represents, if not victim blaming, then at least a sort of collective shrug of the shoulders — there was nothing anyone could have done to protect these girls — or at best a blunt, impotent "it's the fault of social services, something should be done".
Alas, the Mail's objective is to smear a different group — Pakistani Muslims — by essentialising their 'culture' as being differently and uniquely disrespectful of women. It's probably true that rape culture can take a particular form among a particular ethnic-socio-economic group. But I still don't see how Pakistani men exploiting vulnerable white girls is fundamentally different from white sex tourism. The common denominator is men treating exotic women as subhuman.
The comments either swallow the Mail's line or find other people to blame:
if parents kept a tighter reign on their kids, this wouldnt happen. I know where my girls are (12, 14 and 17) ALL the time because I take my head out of Facebook and Jeremy Kyle and run myself ragged to be there for all of them. Im mummy, chef, taxi driver, wardrobe censor, , homework helper, after school club co-ordinator, agony aunt, entertainment manager, friend and confident. Its a hard job....but thats parenting in 2012 for you!
- someoneneedstosayit, uk, 18/5/2012 22:29 Rating 80
It's not middle class upbringing that will save this child but a true passion for Jesus in her life. That doesn't get taught. So despite all that sex education, parents teaching about making it in life, the most simple and basic foundation wasn't there. Those wanting to remain in darkness, you can red arrow now.
- MB, UK, 19/5/2012 1:21 Rating 2
I am confused. I don't understand the 'forced' aspect of this when the girl was wilfully escaping from her home to take part in these activities and that she sometimes received money from the guys. I think there is definitely an aspect of victimisation here, but there also seems to be an element IN THIS CASE of some sort of compliance. It is too baffling to work out. All I know is, good girls don't hang out in kebab shops illegally drinking alcohol and consorting with older men. Just saying.
- Jingos, Australia, 19/5/2012 0:19 Rating 14
The odd one is worth green-arrowing, however:
I find the description of a child as 'slim' and 'pretty' is very distasteful indeed. There is an insinuation there that I find grotesque.
- lols, newcastle, 19/5/2012 1:07 Rating 4
The article says 'One girl slept with 20 men in a single evening'. What you mean was that one girl was RAPED by 20 men in a single evening. I couldn't bring myself to read the remainder of the article.
- Disgusted by this comment, UK, 19/5/2012 0:36 Rating 12