If you wanted to write a drama about child grooming, where would you choose?According to Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Chapman, there may have been more than amillion white children abused up and down the country by gangs of predatoryMuslim Asian men. Bradford, Halifax, Rochdale, Nottingham, Calderdale, there’splenty of choice.Take Calderdale where fifteen Muslim Asian men “systematically”groomed and sexually abused teenage girls in Halifax and Bradford between 2009and 2011. No, Calderdale is too complex. The police had to sift through nearly60 hours of interviews with the two victims. There were 1,848 statements, 2,963exhibits and more than 20,000 items of disclosure in what was described as a“complex and lengthy operation”. Worse still, the girls were reportedas showing “immense courage and bravery in reporting these matters to thepolice and in providing evidence”. No, not Calderdale, the victims are notvictim enough.How about Rotherham, where eight Muslim Asian men were jailed for 19charges, including rape, indecent assault and false imprisonment of girls asyoung as 13 between 1999 and 2003? Perhaps, but in an April 2017 update on theprogress of Operation Stovewood in Rotherham, the investigation initiated afterProfessor Jay’s damning report, the National Crime Agency report revealed thatsince September 2016 they have added another 2,955 lines of enquiry, bringingthe total up to 14,055. As of April this year there are 58 ‘designatedsuspects’, 276 separate crimes have been reported and an additional 185 victimshave been contacted following interviews with existing victims. Rotherham wouldbe too difficult because the abuses, the grooming, the long line of viciouslymanipulated young girls traded like pieces of meat by Muslim Asian men have notstopped and there are just too many cases.Rochdale seems almost perfect, although there are a lot of cases there too.In Rochdale, nine Muslim Asian men were jailed for offences including rape ongirls as young as 13 between 2005 and 2008. The ringleader of the groominggang, Shabir Ahmed, was jailed for 22 years after being convicted of a stringof offences including rape in 2012. Three members of the gang were convicted ofconspiracy and trafficking for sexual exploitation charges. In December 2013,another five Muslim Asian men were jailed after an investigation into thesexual abuse of a girl was reopened following the exposure of police failings.Between September and October 2014, two girls aged 13 and 15 and a 13-year-oldboy were groomed by three Muslim Asian men after repeatedly going missing fromcare. In 2015, three more Muslim Asian men were sentenced for a string of childsexual offences that took place in Rochdale.How can you write a drama about those events, you might wonder, withoutexploring the reasons why it happened? How can you put words on paper withoutwondering what motivated such inhuman violations, not spontaneous but carefullyplanned and prepared and executed not solely but in groups over a period ofyears that is so long that it defies understanding to imagine that it couldhave been happening on such a scale and for so long without someone stoppingit.The BBC must be given full credit for seemingly attempting the impossible,and the BBC’s new drama series ‘Three Girls’ will show whether they havebrought it off. With the declared goal of not giving the English Defence Leaguethe chance to “hitch … [our] … wagon opportunistically to anything” and notincluding anything that “could be used by far-right groups to further theirracist agenda”, author Nicole Taylor sets out to dramatise the suffering andmisery in a carefully sanitized manner with the same sense of politicalcorrectness that was one of the major underlying reasons why these crimes wereignored for so long.How does she intend to avoid mentioning the largest elephant in the room?How does she avoid the inconvenient truth that a British Muslim male is 170times more likely to be part of a sex grooming gang than a non-Muslim? Thatthere are no recorded instances of non-Muslims grooming Muslim girls aspart of a criminal enterprise? The drama technique is an old one, tried andtested in such more notable works as Schindler’s List and The Boy in theStriped Pyjamas - give it a personal slant, focus on the victims, theiremotions, their suffering and not what is happening to them. Keep it smallscale; choose just one case out the many with one, maybe two major characters,and if you can, find a hero or heroine and give the audience something positiveto take away from it all. And so it goes; pick just three girls from the 47victims interviewed and one social services heroine. The villains in the piece,easy; the police are an easy target, as are social services: the great andfaceless establishment; they’re a safe target, no-one will complain if you givethem the blame.Who did it? Why did it happen? No need to worry about that, after all wewouldn’t want to open ourselves to accusations of being racist, would we? Or,heavens forbid, Islamophobic. Why these girls then? No problem, call it class.Oh, but don’t mention the words ‘working class’ that might upset some peopleand might open us up to accusations of being elitist, even snobs. No, let’skeep it neutral, we’ll call it “a certain strata of society” - has a niceacademic ring to it, doesn’t it?The Daily Express reported in August 2016 that the sexual grooming ofchildren is still going on in Rotherham on an “industrial scale”. Theyhave not stopped in Rochdale either but, in the words of Maxine Peake, one ofthe stars of Three Girls, “steps have been made and things are getting better”… perhaps she and the BBC team are already planning for a sequel next year andanother after that, with a ‘return of’ and a ‘resurrection’ follow up plannedfor the years after that, if the ratings are high enough.When sentencing the Rochdale groomers, Judge Gerald Clifton said the men -eight of Pakistani origin and one from Afghanistan - treated the girls “asthough they were worthless and beyond respect”. He said: “One of thefactors leading to that was the fact that they were not part of your communityor religion.” Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, TrevorPhillips said it was "fatuous” to deny racial and cultural factors.It is highly unlikely that this BBC drama willmention either the ‘M’ word or the ‘I’ word, but we encourage people to give ita chance. Sadly, we suspect that this drama which is supposed to ‘shine a lighton the trauma of sexual ‘grooming’, providing knowledge and understanding forparents and children alike’ will be a missed opportunity if the cultural andreligious make-up of the perpetrators is ignored.