Another Rotherham

It’s happened again.  And this one might be even worse:

Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain’s worst known abuse scandal – where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.

The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town – Telford – went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal.

As many as 1,000 children could have suffered at the merciless hands of perverts and torturers in Telford since the 1980s.

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

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

Despite similar high-profile cases in Rochdale and Rotherham, authorities in Telford ­repeatedly failed to stamp out a network of abusers.

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

Add Telford to a list that includes Rotherham, Operation Yewtree and Jimmy Savile’s shocking open-secret crimes.  It seems like massive child sex-abuse scandals are to Britain what mass shootings are to the United States.

Incidentally, I was a political event not long ago where a reasonably well-known Canadian magazine columnist hadn’t even heard of the Rotherham scandal.  Make of that what you will.

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