UK public continue to debate on the Rochdale child sex trafficking case

08 June 2012

 

When a group of men of Asian Muslim origin were convicted last month for child sex trafficking some of the mainstream media and far-right groups turned the case into an Islamophobic onslaught and attacked the entire British Muslim community as if it were part of Islam to exploit ‘white’ British girls. The language of the media explicitly and sometimes implicitly instigated hatred against the Muslim community by emphasizing the gang members’ Muslim and Asian identity.

This was done in such a reckless way that some of the other Asian minority groups felt an urge to disassociate themselves from the Muslims and have called upon the media to not use the word ‘Asian’.