I agree with this actually. It’s not like it’s stopped, it happens all the time all over the north and midlands, anywhere that has a Pakistani community of any size as court case after court case has shown. We know this and have known this for years, but the problem is that the people in charge of looking after vulnerable children get paid if they succeed and they get paid if they fail. They’ve got good secure jobs, decent salaries, nice pensions they’re not inclined to rock the boat. The other thing is that this doesn’t happen to Pakistani girls because Pakistani girls aren’t running around the streets at all hours of the night drinking; their parents look after them their older brothers look after them, their cousins look after them. This doesn’t happen to black girls either because if so much as a rumour of a black girl being raped goes around a three day riot kicks off and people get shot and stabbed, as happened in Birmingham a few years back.
There is a certain amount of truth in the way Pakistanis talk about us, we are decadent, lazy, pleasure seeking and irresponsible as a culture. We, in fact, don’t know the difference between pleasure and happiness or between freedom and licence or between adulthood and childhood. This is in large measure a failure of English society, we fail to look after our daughters because our priorities are elsewhere, we are too selfish. None of these people, the parents, the police officers, the social workers look in the mirror and see a responsible adult. What they see when they look in the mirror is an aging teenager and, like teenagers, when the shit hits the fan they blame someone else, they whine about how difficult it is and they make excuses. You will never hear any of these parents say, “She’s my daughter, the buck stops with me” always it’s the fault of the police or someone else. Then the teenagers in government whine that there’s nothing they can do about the teenagers in social services or the police.
You see it in any shopping centre on any given day; the mothers that wanted babies and hate that they’ve ended up with toddlers, tweens and teenagers. The blank, tired, stares, the way they ignore their child, the way that their entire life on FB consists of plotting on how to get rid of the children for some “me time” or how they think spending a week with their child is in some way heroic. So when their daughter decides to go running around the town at 3am drinking, smoking and getting into cars with strange men the mothers are just happy that they’ve got their me time. Truth.
It’s still going on, right now there are who knows how many girls being sexually abused while their bone idle parents sit at home, probably pissed, in front of the telly and police officers who are culturally incapable of taking responsibility find excuses not to act. By this time on a saturday the average social worker is probably shit faced as well. It’s going on now and it’ll keep going on until we as a society learn what it means to own our own shit and take responsibility for ourselves and our children again. It’s not a systemic fault, it’s a cultural fault.