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European Journal

Britain: Sex abuse ring convicted

The city of Oxford has made headlines with the conviction and sentencing of a gang that groomed underage English girls with alcohol and drugs and forced them into prostitution.

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Five of the seven men have Pakistani Muslim roots. The other two had North African backgrounds. They targeted white, vulnerable, non-Muslim underage girls. Many in the perpetrators' and victims' proximity knew about the traffickers, but remained silent. The topic of Muslim perpetrators and non-Muslim victims, with its implications of racism, faces taboos in Britain. More than 50 such child grooming gangs are currently being investigated. Innocent Muslims from Oxford feel they've been unjustifiably placed under general suspicion.