Child Sex Abuse Scandal A ‘Growth Industry’

Published October 7, 2014 by JS2

Sky News speaks to a victim who says she was abused as a teenager, as a new report highlights fresh allegations of exploitation.

There are growing fears that the scale of sexual abuse of children in some British towns and cities could be more widespread than previously thought.

Officials at Middlesbrough council are currently studying a new report which includes fresh allegations of serious exploitation involving children aged as young as 11.

Councillors in Manchester are set to receive a similar document in the near future.

The details follow a series of scandals to hit parts of the country including Rotherham, Rochdale and Oxford.

In Leeds, Sky News spoke to a woman who said she was abused by a group as a 16-year-old.

The males, who were Pakistanis, let her run up bills in a shop before threatening to kill her when she could not pay.

She said the owner raped her at his home and took her elsewhere the next day where she recognised other people from the shop – his brothers and nephews.

“They all kind of just passed me around,” she said.

“The more people that get into this and get away with it, it encourages others to join in, and it sickens me.

“This happened to me 20 years ago and I just think of all the thousands and thousands of children who are possibly going to go through the same and their lives being destroyed … it is downright evil.”

Sky’s Gerard Tubb said she had shown him a letter which showed people knew she was being abused in the 1990s, but her abusers have never been prosecuted.

He said she remained “one of the hidden victims child sexual exploitation”.

Councillors in Middlesbrough waited to debate the issue in the light of the Rotherham scandal, which showed 1,400 children were sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013.

One assistant headteacher told the probe child sexual exploitation in Middlesbrough was a “growth industry” and extremely prevalent.

The report said: “Children might be groomed via the internet, befriended via social networking sites or a perpetrator might even groom (or befriend) their parents first, they might be targeted whilst sat in the park going about their business as young people.

“In some cases it has been reported that the children that had been targeted were as young as 11 years old.”

The inquiry found a scheme involving a van which travelled around the town between 10pm and 4am looking for youngsters roaming the streets was useful, but was only funded to run for 20 nights a year.

Sky news

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