An investigation by the Sunday Mirror has shown that up to 1,000 children have been a victim of sexual exploitation in the Telford area over a 40 year period.
Allegations date back to the 1980’s and involved girls aged as young as 11 years old. It is alleged that they were drugged, beaten and raped. The investigation has revealed that many of the complaints were, “mishandled by the authorities with many perpetrators going unpunished.”
Seven men were convicted in 2013 as part of Operation Chalice, which investigated child prostitution in the Telford area. The investigation has shown that the authorities were aware of the allegations against these men at least 10 years before the Operation.
Lucy Allan, Telford’s Conservative MP has said that the latest investigation is, “extremely serious and shocking.”
“There must now be an independent inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Telford so that our community can have absolute confidence in the authorities.”
A spokesperson for Telford and Wrekin Council has made the following statement,
“Child sexual exploitation is a vile, evil crime. It’s an issue right across the UK and has been for a long time. Telford will be covered by the national [child sexual exploitation] review. We welcome this. All agencies continue to work very closely together and this remains our top priority.”
Lucy Allan has called for a Rotherham style inquiry into the allegations.
Jordans Solicitors agree that an inquiry into the allegations should take place. The people who suffered this treatment deserve to know why the abuse was allowed to continue for so long.
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