White working class girls traded for sex, says Telford MP

From BBC - March 13, 2018

Vulnerable white working class girls are being traded for sex in a "routine way" an MP has told ministers.

Conservative politician Lucy Allan addressed fellow politicians in the wake of reports claiming up to 1,000 children could have been targeted in her Telford constituency.

Ms Allan said the cases would not have happened had the victims been from different backgrounds.

Calls are growing for a fresh inquiry into sex abuse in the Shropshire town.

Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate, Ms Allan said the girls had "multiple vulnerabilities".

'Rotherham-style' inquiry

Telford has found itself in the spotlight after the Sunday Mirror published a report about "groups of mainly Asian men" targeting vulnerable white teenagers in the town since the 1980s.

A lawyer who led prosecutions against one child sex abuse ring in Telford has said those cases were the "tip of the iceberg".

Ms Allan said the girls were targeted because of their backgrounds .

"It is also why so often they are miscast as bringing it on themselves, they are miscast as indulging in risky behaviour, as being promiscuous, as somehow being to blame for what is happening to them," she said.

"In their own minds, so often they also internalise that sense that they are somehow at fault."

Ms Allan said she was concerned difficult family backgrounds led authorities to see victims as "troublemakers" who were "too difficult" to deal with.

'Worst of all crimes'


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