One of the Telford grooming victims has spoken out about her horrendous four-year ordeal at the hands of a gang who sold her ‘countless times’ for sex – and slammed the authorities who did ‘nothing’ to help her.
It is believed gangs in the town abused up to 1,000 girls, some as young as 11, over a four-decade period. The girls were often drugged, beaten and raped, one was murdered alongside her mother and sister and two others died in incidents linked to the sickening scandal.
Telford has the third highest number of child sexual offences recorded in the UK, just behind Blackpool and Rotherham, according to the Home Office.
Today, the woman, going by the name ‘Holly’, spoke anonymously to Good Morning Britain, and said: ‘I was abused from the ages of 14-18, my abuse started with boys my own age, who went on to sell my phone number to older men.
Today, the woman, going by the name ‘Holly’, spoke anonymously to Good Morning Britain
‘And from there it was just a whirlwind of rape every day basically. I was going into the doctors and the youth sexual health clinic to get the morning after pill, probably twice a week, and nobody even questioned anything.
‘I had two abortions, still nothing was said to me. I was in cars that were stopped by the police and they asked me no questions of why I was there with a much older man… it got to the point where I tried to commit suicide, and still nobody asked me any questions about what was going on in my life and why I was reacting the way I was reacting.’
Holly added: ‘The way I got out of it was by actually leaving Telford and isolating myself from my friends and family and everybody else that I knew.
‘The reason why it went on for so long was because the men were blackmailing me saying that they were going to rape my family members or burn my house down.’
Asked by Susanna Reid how many men she thinks were responsible for the abuse she suffered, ‘Holly’ said: ‘I couldn’t even put a figure on it, it’s that many. The main abusers, I’d say seven, but I was being sold every day, countless times, for four years.’
Holly spoke out about her horrendous four-year ordeal at the hands of a gang who sold her ‘countless times’ every day for sex – and slammed the authorities who did ‘nothing’ to help her
She spoke out as it emerged that the social services department at the centre of Britain’s worst ever child grooming scandal acted on just half of the warnings they received, it emerged today.
Telford and Wrekin Council in Shropshire were given 715 child sexual exploitation referrals in three years, but just 324 of the cases were referred.
Seven men were jailed in 2013 following Operation Chalice, a police inquiry into child prostitution in the Telford area.
Mubarek Ali, 34, sold teenage girls, some as young as 13, for sex above an Indian restaurant in Telford, Shropshire, after grooming them.
His brother Ahdel Ali, 27, was handed a 26-year sentence after the pair sexually abused, trafficked, prostituted or tried to prostitute four teenagers.
But authorities were warned of the abuse a decade before Operation Chalice.
Mubarek Ali, 34, (left) and his brother Ahdel Ali, 27, (right) from Telford were both jailed year after sexually abusing young girls in a child sex abuse ring
Only 303 were passed to its Children Abused Through Exploitation team, according to the figures released under freedom of information laws.
Last night, as there were calls from the charity Barnado’s for an independent inquiry into the growing scandal.
Telford’s Conservative MP, Lucy Allan, has previously called for a Rotherham-style inquiry into the allegations and called the latest reports ‘extremely serious and shocking’.
A council spokesman told The Mirror, who obtained the figures, that they ‘do not paint the whole picture’.
He added: ‘A referral to children’s safeguarding service is just one of a number of appropriate outcomes to a contact of this type.’