Following the shocking elevation of a Newcastle child sex ring, many MPs have called for tougher sentences to be given to reflect the ‘racially aggravated’ nature of the abuse.
The Newcastle sex ring, largely comprised of men of Asian descent, came to light earlier this week, after the final trial of the case on Tuesday. The operation, which saw 461 people arrested, leading to 93 convictions, saw how 22 white, young girls were plied with drugs and alcohol – including cocaine – at ‘parties’ – and abused and raped when they were unconscious. A ‘racial’ element was added when the Newcastle Crown Court heard that many of the men in the sex ring had a level of contempt towards white women, with Badrul Hussain – one of the gang members – launching into a tirade against a white woman, saying that:
“All white women are only good for one thing, for men like me to fuck and use as trash, that is all women like you are worth.”
Despite this evidence, the ‘racially-aggravated’ nature of their crimes was not reflected in the sentencing, and many have called upon the Attorney-General to change this.
Sarah Champion MP, a Labour Frontbencher, has said that many people fear being labelled as a racist if they uncover a child sex ring such as the one in Newcastle – and in Rotherham, Champion’s constituency – preventing justice for those abused.
“I genuinely think it is because of people are more afraid to be called a racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse,”
The Chief Constable of Northumbria Police, Steve Ashman, has also called for more to be done amongst communities to stigmatise child exploitation and abuse. He said that whilst many communities were appalled at the crimes, and willing to help with the investigation, there still remained a lack of shame about the subject in some communities, something which needs to be addressed to properly tackle child sex rings such as these.