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Oxford child rape case: prosecution blames Asians, but sensitive media disagrees

by | 22nd, January 2013

REPORTING on the alleged Oxford child sex abusers nine men stand accused of raping and sexually abusing children has been restricted by the ongoing trial. But what has not been said can be as illuminating as what has been said.

Seven of the nine male defendants are of Pakistani origin and two are North African. All the alleged victims are white.

The Times does report those facts.

The men are aged between 24 to 38. The children were aged between 11 and 15 when the alleged abuse occurred.

In 2006, one of the children went to the police. Aged 14, she claimed to have been “held against her will by two Asian men at a house in Oxford. Police recorded her testimony on video. She claimed Akhtar Dogar, now aged 32, attacked her.

The accused are:

Kamar Jamil, 27, Akhtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 30, Assad Hussain, 32, Mohammed Karrar, 38, Bassam Karrar, 33, Mohammed Hussain, 24, Zeeshan Ahmed, 27, and Bilal Ahmed, 26. All deny any wrongdoing.

The Guardian’s report makes no mention of race:

It is alleged the men targeted young girls from vulnerable and chaotic backgrounds, and over a period of eight years subjected them to extreme physical and sexual violence, sold some victims for prostitution in Oxford and trafficked others around the country.

The BBC makes no mention of race.

Does ethnicity matter. Noel Lucas, prosecuting, thinks it does. In his opening remarks he said:

“They were introduced as friends, brothers or cousins, the vast majority being Asian and the rest black. Photographs were taken of her on their mobile telephones, sometimes in the course of sexual activity. She never received any money but she saw it changing hands.”

The Daily Telegraph makes race central to the story. Its headline declares:

Asian sex gang targeted children’s home, court hears

It quotes Lucas:

Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, said: “She didn’t want to have sex with any of the Asian men…”

The Mail says:

Nine men, mostly of Asian heritage, befriended vulnerable girls with gifts of perfume, alcohol and drugs before subjecting them to a ‘living hell’ for eight years.

The Mirror decalres:

Oxford ‘paedophile ring’: ‘Girls as young as 11 sexually exploited by gang of Asian men’ court hears

It quotes Lucas in

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