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Warsi Slams 'White Fair Game' Muslim Views
Britain's most senior Muslim politician has claimed white women are sexual abuse targets for "a small minority" of Pakistani men.
Cabinet minister Baroness Warsi's comments come after nine Muslim men in Rochdale were jailed for plying white girls as young as 13 with drink and drugs so they could "pass them around" and use them for sex.
Lady Warsi, the Conservative Party co-chairman, told the London Evening Standard: "There is a small minority of Pakistani men who believe that white girls are fair game.
"And we have to be prepared to say that. You can only start solving a problem if you acknowledge it first.
"This small minority who see women as second-class citizens, and white women probably as third-class citizens, are to be spoken out against."
Lady Warsi said she had decided to speak out after her father - who moved to the UK from the Punjab - told her she should be "out there condemning it as loudly as you could".
She urged Muslim leaders to address the issue.
"In mosque after mosque, this should be raised as an issue so that anybody remotely involved should start to feel that the community is turning on them," she said.
"Communities have a responsibility to stand up and say, 'This is wrong, this will not be tolerated'."
Sky News chief political correspondent Jon Craig said Lady Warsi has "spoken out in very bold terms".
"This is aimed at the Muslim community. We have a senior Muslim politician saying 'put your house in order, these sort of attitudes will not be tolerated', but she is also saying it concerns a small minority."
On Wednesday, Rochdale's Labour MP Simon Danczuk said the vulnerable victims of the Rochdale grooming scandal "went to hell and back" to relive their ordeal through giving evidence to convict the men.
In response, Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged the case was "truly dreadful" and said it would be investigated further, with the view of a possible inquiry being set up.
Last week, Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, said the crimes were "appalling" but that the case was "not a race issue".