Dienstag, 27. März 2018

"Victims of Telford grooming"


Victims of Telford grooming will be asked to give evidence to independent child sex abuse inquiry An Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse will talk to grooming victims It set up the 'Truth Project' which will visit those affected in Telford, Shropshire The project comes after reports suggested up to 1,000 victims were targeted By Abe Hawken For Mailonline 26 March 2018 | ... She gave birth to his child when she was just 14 || Victims of sexual exploitation in Telford have been asked to share their experiences with the national child abuse inquiry amid fears vulnerable young girls were targeted for decades. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said it hoped to talk to those affected to determine how children could be better protected in the future. It is feared that girls as young as 11, often white and working class, were preyed upon as far back as 1981. Allegations are said to have been mishandled by authorities in the Shropshire town, with many perpetrators going unpunished, while it is claimed similar abuse is continuing in the area. Telford and Wrekin Council has called for an independent inquiry into the claims, which were first brought to light by a Sunday Mirror investigation. IICSA's Truth Project offers abuse victims the opportunity to talk about their experiences confidentially and without legal consequence, the findings of which will be used to inform recommendations made by the probe. (DailyMail)


The newspaper projected a figure of up to 1,000 victims since the 1980s, but Supt Tom Harding from West Mercia Police said numbers suggesting such scale were "sensationalised", adding police and authorities in Telford were working with approximately 46 victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE). CSE in the town fell under national scrutiny in 2012 when seven men were jailed for their part in girls' abuse following West Mercia Police's Operation Chalice. The convicted, Telford MP Lucy Allan said, were of Pakistani origin and the victims of white origin. The abused boy's mother told the BBC her son was abused by "different white men" and the abuse was "going on in all races". "It's not just Asian men who are doing it," she said. "It's white men, it's black men". She added victims were also of different background types. "The girls are white, Indian, black, there's even Pakistani girls". Media captionLucy Allan MP says 'many young girls' have come to her to share their experiences. Ms Allan told Parliament on 13 March vulnerable white working class girls were being traded for sex "in a routine way". She said after she spoke in the Commons, she had been "inundated" with reports of child grooming victims. (bbc.com)