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This Wednesday, May 16, 2012 photo shows a newspaper advertising board with the Rochdale, England town hall clock in the background. After a highly publicised trial, nine men from Rochdale and Oldham were jailed for running a child sexual exploitation ring. Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the fact that the men convicted were Asian and their victims white could not be ignored. Louis Kushnick, founder of the race relations resource center at the University of Manchester, said it has become convenient for white residents - including those beyond the far-right movement - to blame Muslims for the sex crimes. That view overlooks all the problems that left the girls vulnerable in the first place, he says, citing a deficient school system and a government-backed child care regime riddled with neglect and abuse. And he says the prolonged economic downturn has intensified resentments, with whites and Asians competing for the same "crap" jobs. "Blaming the Muslims lets us avoid addressing these questions,” he says. "Once we blame 'The Other,' we think we have an explanation that makes sense." (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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