Grooming gangs (I hate that term–‘grooming’ like preparing for the prom) primarily operate in the UK, where they have been a major problem for decades and largely ignored by police. The government often blames the victims, who are as young as 10 years of age.

When it comes to ‘grooming gangs’ one would assume it falls under terrorism. I researched terrorism, and it appears that the parameters to meet the definition of terror are cultural, religious and political agendas, so it seems to fit. However, as I spoke to people in counter-terrorism, they explained to me many reasons as to why it isn’t which I will explain later.

For over 20 years these grooming gangs have infested the UK and other countries in Northern Europe. We have seen this nefarious activity in Sweden and Holland, and it has also been used as a tool by ISIS and other ethnic groups in the Middle East against their enemies. Prior to 2014, little was done to bring these gang members to justice. Although the UK has ignored, covered up and minimized the young victims (often accusing them of being drunk or drugged), the country is finally hearing the outcry of the public, and the world, as this comes further into the light.

Drugs and alcohol are used by the groomers to make the girls more compliant and to addict them. The girls are threatened with beatings and threats are made against their families. The rapes involved multiple men in the most horrific and unimageable ways. This sale and/or sharing of girls by Muslim Pakistani groomers are considerd sex trafficking. The girls are often used for a year before being freed and some are forced to marry their captors. Often families are unaware until it’s too late. The tragedy is that these young victims often never recover and it ruins families both emotionally and financially and often leads to divorces. And these are the ones that get away– no one talks about the ones who didn’t.

The grooming scourge in the UK has affected multiple townships around London and beyond: consider that Newcastle, Telford, Rochdale, Oxford and Rotherham have all seen this horrible activity.

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Anti-slavery activists rally outside Parliament on October 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Rape and pillaging are nothing new in war but this outrage is a war on western culture by Middle Eastern men, so-called ‘Asians’ in the UK. The name ‘Asians’ was used as a euphemism so as not to offend the real identity of these perpetrators, i.e. Muslims. This labeling has angered real Asian groups, such as Sikhs, who are battling the misconception that their culture is tied to rape gangs. This shocking activity has been a complete failure of the UK in their attempt at multiculturalism.

Lord Taylor said 2,409 children and young people have been confirmed as victims of sexual exploitation by gangs or groups between August 2010 and October 2011.
UKMP Naz Shah recently accused her colleague, MP Sarah Champion, of making
“blanket, racialized, loaded statements” that would set up and stigmatize Pakistani boys to fail.

One of the mistakes many of us have made is that when we look at these rape gangs, we think of terrorism. It often looks and feels like terrorism but as counter-terrorism experts have explained to me it is not. There are specific parameters necessary to qualify an act as terrorism and grooming gangs don’t fit that definition (as it was pointed out to me) and we don’t want it to be incorrectly mislabel these activities for fear of lumping them in with terrorists who are trying to accomplish a political or religious agenda.

I am happy to report there have been two grooming gang arrests, not a large number but a start. The average sentence is usually 22 years but often they get out in three to four years for “good behavior.”
Appeal Court decisions relating to “grooming” cases. A sentence of eight years’ imprisonment was the very minimum that the court could impose following a plea of guilty to the rape of a young boy, which had been committed in breach of trust and against a background of repeated and regular sexual abuse.

There is a new push to have much stiffer sentences for these monsters as the young victims and their families are literally suffering through a life sentence. I, for one, will applaud the courts for any sentences that reflect the true heinousness of these crimes.

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