Britain’s ‘worst ever’ child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
That’s the headline in today’s Mirror, on a report which goes on to blow the lid off a Muslim grooming gang scandal even worse than Rotherham.
In a town much smaller than Rotherham, to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain’s worst known abuse scandal – where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.
The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town – Telford – went on for a shocking 40 years.
Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still ongoing. Three people have been murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal.
Despite similar high-profile cases in Rochdale and Rotherham, authorities in Telford repeatedly failed to stamp out a network of abusers.
The Mirror’s 18-month investigation confirms abuse on unprecedented levels. The found:
- Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a decade to launch a probe
- Council staff viewed abused and trafficked children as “prostitutes” instead of victims, according to previously unseen files
- Authorities failed to keep details of abusers from Asian communities for fear of “racism”
- Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP intervened
- One victim said cops tried to stop her finding out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would talk to us
The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford – population 170,000 – is feared to be the most brutal and long-running of all those exposed so far. The Rotherham toll is now put at 1,500 – but that was in a community of 260,000.
The police in Telford only first began to act after activists from the now defunct British National Party put out 40,000 leaflets and demonstrated in the town to urge victims and their families to provide the evidence that the police said they could not find. A small group of the abusers were eventually jailed as a result.
The Mirror was one of the newspapers which was the loudest in its demands for the leader of the BNP, Nick Griffin, to be prosecuted and imprisoned for campaigning to publicise the scandal and force the authorities to act. So while it’s good to see them finally doing something useful, the Mirror’s owners and editors must share part of the blame along with the police, the rest of the media and the political elite.