Britain's Worst Grooming Scandal: 1000 Girls Beaten, Raped, Pimped Over 40 Years

Erika Holt
March 13, 2018

'Now of course we know that victims of sexual abuse are sometimes themselves used by their abusers to lure in more victims'.

"I don't think I've done anything right for the last five years".

"I hated what was happening and my abusers made my skin crawl but I was told that if I said a word to anyone they'd come for my little sisters and tell my mum I was a prostitute", she said.

The paper said its investigation found that social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police did not investigate for a decade. "These children were treated as sexual commodities by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse", he said.

Yesterday Clive Jones, director of children and adult services at Telford and Wrekin Council, said he was not aware of any murders associated with child abuse in Telford and said he did not recognise the figure of 1,000 potential victims.

The problem is not limited to one city though.

The Home Office has since revealed Telford has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the United Kingdom, just behind Blackpool and Rotherham.

The girl, now 47, says she reported her abuse to the council and school but does not believe action was taken.

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"It is vital that every victim has confidence that police will investigate thoroughly, that they will be supported and that people will listen to them". Only seven men were jailed for a total of 49 years. The Mirror found out that two pedophiles started "targeting girls at a local children's home in 1981". Their house was set on fire. She even gave birth to his child when she was 14.

The taxi driver was later jailed for life after being convicted of three counts of murder - but was never arrested or charged over sex abuse.

"I was scared my family would die like Lucy's".

Numerous underage victims were considered as prostitutes by the authorities, and when concerned citizens attempted to blow the whistle, they were targeted in the workplace and one even lost her job.

Rebecca Watson was 13 when she died in March 2002 after falling from the bonnet of a auto near her youth club, in what driver Ahmed Nawaz claimed was a "prank" which went tragically wrong. According to a victim, one abuser earned thousands of pounds a night for years, trafficking underage girls around Britain for sex with hundreds of men. "I was crying out for help but it felt like I had nowhere to turn".

"Personally I am not shocked at the scale of the abuse because I saw it with my own eyes and how many girls there were at the same time as me".

It comes amid renewed calls from victims and Telford MP Lucy Allan for an independent inquiry into abuse in the town.

James O'Brien was shocked after hearing how hard it is for the police to catch a child exploitation gang, following a Sunday Mirror investigation uncovers child-grooming in Telford.

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