LONDON - A new uproar has erupted in Britain after a Conservative lawmaker accused Muslims of abusing white Britons, drawing fire for giving ammunition to far-right groups to step up their anti-Muslim campaigns.
"Time and time again it's a white girl being raped by Muslim men, Tory MP Kris Hopkins told a Commons debate on the sexual exploitation of children, the BBC reported.
And if we deny that fact in this House then the BNP and everybody else climbs on board."
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The lawmaker, however, acknowledged that there were long lists of notorious abusers were not Muslims.
"We shouldn't get away from the fact that there are gangs of Muslim men going round and raping white kids".
Debates have repeatedly arisen in Britain since the conviction of nine men of Pakistani origin in a child abuse scandal in May.
In September, former Home Secretary Jack Straw sparked a controversy after accusing British Muslims of Pakistani origin of abusing white girls and using them in pedophile rings.
Last year, he accused Pakistani immigrants of seeing white girls an easy meat for abuses, drawing accusations of stigmatizing the whole community.
Britain is home to a sizable Muslim minority of nearly 2.5 million.
The majority of the multi-ethnic minority has Indian, Bengali and Pakistani backgrounds.
But the accusations drew fire for giving ammunition to far-right groups to tone up their anti-Muslim campaigns.
Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi said the accusations play into the hands of far-right groups as the British National Party.
Far-right groups as the English Defence League and the British National Party (BNP) are playing the card of immigration to stoke sentiment against Muslims and immigrants.
In November 2010, British police warned that the anti-Muslim demonstration by the EDL fuel extremism and harm social cohesion in Britain.
MP Qureshi said police officers and judges involved in cases of abuses had said race did not play a part.
The British MP blamed families for leaving their children fall prey to abusers.
"They (the victims) are always young girls, or young boys, or children and... the victims in these cases are always the vulnerable ones, she told the Commons debate.
"It's never the child who has got a secure happy family life.
A report by the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children's Board has blamed social workers for failure to prevent abuses.
The report said the workers repeatedly failed to take action in response to complaints from under-age girls, who had fallen in a pedophile ring.The girls were viewed by social workers as problematic and willful and thought to be making their own choices, the report found.
Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net