The extent of inappropriate relationships between Asian men and young girls in Britain’s second city, Birmingham, has been highlighted again as the High Court decides to reveal the names of six men given anti-grooming orders after they were found in the company of a teenage girl.
The men, Omar Ahmed, 27, Mohammed Anjam, 31, Sajid Hussain, 40, Nasim Khan, 19, Shah Alam, 37 and Mohammed Javid, 34 are six of ten men given the new anti-grooming orders, believed to be the first time the new instrument has been used. Of the remaining unnamed men, two are in prison and one threatened to hurt himself if he was revealed to the public.
The West Midlands police had argued against the men being named publicly, fearing they would become the target for vigilante attacks by members of the public shocked by the extent of recent revelations of sex abuse. Rejecting their concern, Mr. Justice Keehan said: “The West Midlands police have undertaken a risk assessment in which they deem the 10 respondents to be at a high risk of harm, but it’s conceded that there’s no evidential basis at all for this.”
The case against the group came about after three of the men were discovered in a hotel room with a girl, who is now in “secure accommodation”, reports The Guardian. Although they protest their innocence and assert that chance brought them together in the room at that moment, the ‘anti-grooming’ injunction placed on the men prevents them from having any contact with the girl, and from approaching any girl under the age of 18 they are not already acquainted with in a public place.
Explaining their resistance to naming the men as being in the public interest, a spokesman for the West Midlands police cited the attempted vigilante attacks on identified suspects in the aftermath of the Rotherham abuse scandal. “The men are considered to be at a high risk of retribution or targeting of their families due to the matter of the injunctions if they were to be identified.
“[The police] concern is that if the details of their identity were to be released there’s a risk for vigilantism. There may well be a risk of vigilantism from the EDL [English Defence League].”
Although the focus of recent revelations of child abuse and grooming by Asian men as social taboos about attributing certain crimes to particular nationalities evaporates has largely revolved around a belt of Northern cities, Midlands hub Birmingham appears to be deeply implicated. Breitbart London reported yesterday on the concerning accusation that Birmingham City Council withheld a 1991 report on the abuse of young white girls by Asian taxi drivers, ordering all copies of the government funded study to be destroyed.
In just six months of 1990, the author of the report found twenty girls who were in the care of the City and were being regularly driven to locations to be shared by groups of Asian men, a fact which the authorities were aware of. Dr. Jesson said: “The girls were all aged between 13 and 17 and were all under the care of Birmingham City Council social services.
“I found 20 girls’ names, next to which either the word ‘prostitution’ or some concern about their sexual behaviour had been written… The girls would go somewhere with a man in a car and there would be several men there, men who wanted to have sex.”
Dr. Jesson said the opinion of the authorities, including the police of the time was that trying to stop the girls was pointless, and they were seen as willing sex workers rather than abuse victims even at the age of 13.
Of the widespread abuse in British cities, Jesson said: “I told them about that in 1991 but they didn’t want to acknowledge it. I think the problem has got worse and worse over time”.