A young girl allegedly became pregnant ‘six times in four years’ in what is being described as the UK’s ‘worst ever child abuse scandal’.
Authorities in Telford, Shropshire, are now looking into a child sexual abuse scandal, perpetrated by a ‘gang of groomers’.
It is believed as many as 1,000 young girls were drugged, beaten and raped by the Telford gang, on occasions dating back to the 1980s.
It's time for an independent public enquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Telford.
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— Telford Live! (@telfordlive) March 11, 2018
It is being reported girls as young as eleven years old have been abused by this gang, which has been compared to the high profile cases seen in Rochdale and Rotherham.
An investigation by the Sunday Mirror reported the abuse is still ongoing, with authorities allegedly failing to address the issue.
The Mirror also reports three people were murdered and two others died in ‘tragedies linked to the scandal’.
This is awful. How can this have been allowed to happen? There must be an impartial and independent inquiry. All the findings MUST be made completely public. Anything else will seem like an attempt to cover up wrongdoing.
— DT (@Forknolightning) March 10, 2018
One girl reportedly became pregnant six times over a four-year-period after being targeted by abusers in 2004.
She was allegedly 15-years-old when a ‘suspected drug dealer in his 20s’ and another man preyed on her. She is reported to have had a baby to each man, had three abortions and a miscarriage.
The paper claims social workers had knowledge of the abuse back in the 1990s, however it would be a decade until police launched an investigation.
Just listening to Victoria Derbyshire show. All the sex abuse in Telford, up to 1,000 people abused by grooming gang's. This is getting an epedemic with what went on in Rochdale and Rotherham. This is child abuse and our children need protection. Government has to do something.
— Paul Merritt (@PaulMer45790900) March 12, 2018
Furthermore, files suggest the abused girls were viewed to be ‘prostitutes’ rather than victims by council workers.
According to The Mirror, another girl, a 14-year-old, was allegedly ‘groomed and abused’ when her phone number was ‘sold to pedophiles’.
She told the paper:
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.
Night after night, I was forced to have sex with multiple men in disgusting takeaways and filthy houses.
I must have been getting the morning after pill from a local clinic at least twice a week but no one asked any questions.
I fell pregnant twice and had two abortions. Hours after my second termination, I was taken by one of my abusers to be raped by more men.
The worst moment came just after my 16th birthday when I was drugged and gang raped by five men.
Days later, the ringleader turned up at my house and told me he’d burn it down if I breathed a word of what had happened.
My thoughts on the child rape scandal that is Telford. This is my town. Labour and the Police I believe have turned a blind eye etc. pic.twitter.com/r7MTCxARQm
— Hope Pink (@hopepinkboots) March 11, 2018
Telford’s Conservative MP Lucy Allan told the Sunday Mirror:
There must now be an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford so that our community can have absolute confidence in the authorities.
If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, you can contact Samaritans on their free to call phone number, 116 123.