Telford needs an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation

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Telford has been described as having the worst child grooming scandal ever seen.

There has been evidence and proof of children being groomed and exploited for at least 40 years, which is expected to have created 1000 victims throughout that period. 

The authorities in Telford have been over looking the scale of the problem and refusing a “Rotherham style” inquiry into child sexual exploitation, even though hundreds of girls have been groomed, beaten, sold for sex or even killed. 

Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, victims say is still going on.

THREE people were murdered and two others died in tragedies linked to the scandal

The Mirror’s 18-month investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We 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 vast majority of those targeted were young white girls but teenagers from the Asian community also fell victim.

In 2016 The matter was brought into parliament by local MP Lucy Allan after she had met and spoken to some of the victims of cse in Telford, it was decided that Telford authorities should be left to decide for themselves if they wanted to have an inquiry, obviously, due to the scale of the problem, they made excuses to not require one.

Being covered by the national inquiry is not adequate, Telford needs its own independent inquiry into cse, people need to be held accountable for not acting and protecting young vulnerable people and children. A specific independent inquiry into cse in Telford is the only way telford will ever see significant changes in the attitudes of the authorities.

 

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/britains-worst-ever-child-grooming-12165527



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