Real-life ‘Three Girls’ Rochdale victim claims police and social workers ignored horrifying abuse because they were ‘too politically correct’ to admit sex gang members were Asian
- Girl A, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said case was ignored
- She was repeatedly raped by grooming gang ringleader Shabir Ahmed
- Girl A was played by Molly Windsor in BBC drama Three Girls, which screened this week
- Her comments came days after another woman, identified as ‘Lily’ said she was ignored
Police and social workers ignored the Rochdale sex abuse scandal – depicted in BBC drama Three Girls – because of political correctness, a victim has claimed.
The woman, who was named Holly in the drama and played by Molly Windsor, said authorities ‘knew exactly what was going on’, but turned a blind eye.
Known as Girl A when the horrific case went to court, the young woman – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – was repeatedly raped by ringleader Shabir Ahmed from the age of 14.
Her comments came days after another woman, identified as ‘Lily’, said she was ignored and came to believe the abuse was normal.
Girl A, who was played by actress Molly Windsor in BBC drama Three Girls (pictured), said authorities ‘knew exactly what was going on’, but turned a blind eye
The abuse victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons but was played by Molly Windsor (centre) in the programme said a ‘generation of girls’ were betrayed
She told author Nigel Bunyan in The Sun: ‘The police and social workers betrayed a generation of girls by turning a blind eye.
‘They knew exactly what was going on – they just didn’t want to stop it. They knew the girls were under-age, they knew the men abusing them were Asian.
‘They were just too politically correct to admit it.’
Shabir Ahmed, the ringleader of the Rochdale child sex grooming gang
Girl A, now a mum living in the south of England, said police were so worried about being seen as racist that they referred to girls making ‘lifestyle choices’ in official reports.
She recounted how Ahmed – who encouraged victims to call him ‘Daddy’ – would ply her with vodka before she was abused.
Ahmed, who was 59 when he was eventually convicted, would pass girls around to other gang members.
Girl A said: ‘We were all kids on a conveyor belt of abuse.’
Ahmed was eventually jailed for 22 years for rape, sexual assault, trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
The Rochdale scandal was finally exposed in 2012, when people learned that for years, authorities had been suppressing knowledge of abuse rings of primarily Pakistani men preying on primarily white teenage girls.
Young women were being raped by multiple men on a nightly basis, after being plied with gifts and alcohol.
Last week ‘Lily’ – who was not one of the girls depicted in Three Girls but was abused by the same men – told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: ‘I just felt like I was ignored like because I’d been told that this thing that had happened to me was really, really horrific but when I actually tried to report it nothing happened.
‘So that kind of made me go back to thinking, well there’s nothing wrong with what’s going on because if there was something wrong, and it was really bad, then the police would have done something.’
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