Rotherham gang

Accused Rotherham “grooming gang”

In the latest trial in England of the widespread problem of Muslim “grooming gangs,” a woman testified via video that she was “passed around” beginning at age 13 by about 100 men.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, testified at the trial in Sheffield, England, of eight Muslim men accused of the sexual abuse of five girls over a five-year period from 1998 to 2003, the Daily Mail of London reported.

The men were charged as part of Operation Stovewood, an investigation into sexual abuse initiated after the Rotherham grooming scandal.

As WND reported, in August 2014, a British government report concluded that mostly British-born Pakistani men sexually abused at least 1,400 children, most of them white girls aged 11-15, in the northern English town of Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. Many of the girls were picked up by taxi drivers from care homes and schools. The abuse included gang rape, dousing the children with gasoline and trafficking them to other towns.

The trial in 2012 of a ring in Rochdale, in the Manchester area, had prompted the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee to hold hearings.

Last year, the government’s senior legal adviser charged British judges were giving lighter sentences to members of Muslim “grooming” gangs convicted of raping young girls because of “political correctness.”

At the time, the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne was the center of a child sexual-abuse scandal, with 17 men and one woman convicted of raping more than 100 underage white girls, some as young as 13.

‘Only in Islam’

Robert Spencer wrote on his Jihad Watch blog Monday that while sexual assault occurs in all cultures, “only in Islam does it have divine sanction.”

He pointed out that one survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the U.K. said her rapists quoted passages from the Quran to her, insisting their actions were justified by Islam.

Quran 33:59, for example, says: “O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful.” The implication, Spencer wrote, is that “if women do not cover themselves adequately with their outer garments, they may be abused, and that such abuse would be justified.”

At the Sheffield trial, the victim said she became pregnant by one of the men at the age of 14 and gave birth when she was 15.

The woman, according to the Daily Mail, testified that her sister was also abused by the man who made her pregnant, Ali Akhtar. She said the abuse they suffered made them feel as though their childhoods were “snatched away.”

“We were children one minute and adults the next,” she said.

The court also heard testimony of a girl who was raped by multiple men and months later was forced by her parents to have an abortion.

‘Spoils of this war’

British media, including the Daily Mail, refer to the members of the gangs as “Asian” rather than Muslim, noted Jihad Watch contributor Christine Douglass-Williams last year.

She wrote that the “violation of the girls points to a larger problem that Western leaders have continued to willfully ignore: Crimes are being committed by Muslims that are rooted in Islamic doctrine, where the West is regarded as the House of War (Dar al harb) and its women are deemed to be the spoils of this war.”

“Jihad attacks and a continued stealth invasion of the West are also all components of this war. A society is doomed when it does not even recognize who its enemy is,” she said.

She cited Denis MacShane, British member of Parliament for Rotherham between 1994 to 2012, who told the BBC’s World At One that “there was a culture of not wanting to rock the multicultural community boat.”

Investigators of the Rotherham case were told that “influential Pakistani councillors acted as barriers to communication on grooming issues.” Front line workers said “the town hall told them to keep quiet about the ethnicity of the perpetrators in the interests of ‘community cohesion.'”

In the Newcastle case, Douglass-Williams pointed out, one Muslim grooming gang member was open about his motive in assaulting British non-Muslim girls.

“All white women are good for one thing, for men like me to f— and use as trash, that is all women like you are worth.'”

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