Did you know that British people can be sent to prison if they don’t pay the roughly $190 TV license fee that funds the BBC? Here’s what their tithe is paying for: a new BBC drama about three young girls who were targeted by a rape gang comprised of Pakistani and Afghani origin Muslims has conveniently scrubbed out the details of the attackers’ religious backgrounds.
The horrifying crimes took place in Greater Manchester and involved nine men who ran a child sexual exploitation ring between 2005 and 2008 that saw them target girls as young as 13 years old, plying them with drugs and alcohol before the men took turns raping them.
In a statement, the BBC claimed that the program, called “Three Girls,” will “look at the way in which these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities directly responsible for protecting them, and how they eventually made themselves heard.”
However, series writer Nicole Taylor appears to have inflected her own prejudices in telling the nightmarish tale. In an interview with The Guardian, she made sure to allege: “There was no religious basis for this, but a wider discussion about why this was, and is, a distinct pattern would be welcome.”
Taylor expressed concern that “far-right groups” would use the story as evidence to bolster their anti-mass migration views, but her rendition allegedly “doesn’t give them an opportunity to do so,” meaning that any references of the culprits’ faith and cultural backgrounds or how those aspects would have influenced the crime will likely be glossed over.
Back when the man were sentenced in 2012, the judge said that they treated the girls “as though they were worthless and beyond respect” and noted that “one of the factors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your community or religion.”
“Some of you, when arrested, said it was triggered by race,” Judge Gerald Clifton continued. “That is nonsense. What triggered this prosecution was your lust and greed.”