“It made me feel special and was exciting because they were older and had cars.”
“…the naïve 13-year-old would spend hours texting these “older men” who had started showing her some attention but she was soon breaking curfews so she could meet up with her vile abusers.”
“There, on the bedroom wall, was despicable graffiti scrawled by these strange men, detailing horrifying sex acts they had carried out on her under-age daughter.”
I wonder why we never hear of such things in Canada; it’s unlikely that kind of behaviour is limited to Britain. The age of consent in Canada was recently raised to 16 from 14. There have been reports of abuse of underage girls in the U.S. by men from Mexico, where the age of consent is only 12.
I saved my 13-year-old from Asian gang
The Sun: Richard Moriarty, July 7th 2011
A MUM has revealed how she saved her pretty teenage daughter from a life of drugs, prostitution and possible death after she was groomed by a gang of perverted Asian men.
In the first interview of its kind, mum Jessica* has spoken out to warn other families of the predatory dangers lurking on Britain’s streets.
Her innocent daughter Lucy was just 13 when she was first targeted by a seedy 25-year-old man.
He persuaded Lucy to perform a sex act on him in his car before introducing her to at least NINE other Pakistani and Bangladeshi men who also sexually abused her.
In a sickening two-year spell, Lucy was plied with ALCOHOL, encouraged to hoover up COCAINE and was taken to PETROL STATIONS and CHURCHES to carry out sex acts on these monsters.
Jessica, 41, wants other worried mums to act NOW if they fear their daughters are falling into the hands of scheming sex gangs – or face losing them forever.
Jessica told The Sun: “My advice is to accept you need help.
“You’re only one woman and grooming is a powerful thing.
“People need to know the risks. You don’t like to think this stuff can be happening but when teenagers are in the situation, they can’t get themselves out of it.”
The harrowing events started to unfold in September 2007. Lucy had just moved back in with her mother after living with her dad following her parents’ split eight years earlier.
Lucy and Jessica had always been close but a change of schools and adjusting to a new area of Lancashire left Lucy feeling isolated.
At first, the naïve 13-year-old would spend hours texting these “older men” who had started showing her some attention but she was soon breaking curfews so she could meet up with her vile abusers.
Jessica recalled: “She began spending hours on her mobile and I didn’t know who with. I found it difficult to discipline her.
“I tried to do everything through negotiation rather than laying down the law. That was maybe my mistake but her happiness meant so much to me.”
Over the next six months, Lucy’s behaviour became seriously affected by her relationship with these hideous opportunists.
She would flout curfews and lie about staying at friends’ houses. Jessica heard whispers about the company her daughter was keeping. Lucy would go off for such long periods, her mum was forced to report her missing to the police.
On one of these occasions, Jessica desperately trawled Lucy’s room for clues to her whereabouts – and her worst fears were realised.
There, on the bedroom wall, was despicable graffiti scrawled by these strange men, detailing horrifying sex acts they had carried out on her under-age daughter.
Jessica said: “I was disgusted. I didn’t want to think she was doing those things. There were some names written on it as well.”
Jessica knew the group of Asian men – some of whom were married and ranging in age from 18 to 30 – often met up on a nearby street.
The brave mum-of-seven plucked up the courage to confront them.
Jessica said: “I went up and told them to stay away from my daughter. My heart was beating so fast. They were shouting at me and then Lucy just walked up the street and stood alongside them. They all laughed at me.”
From that point, Jessica attempted to rule her home with an iron fist. She tried to ground Lucy but she would skip school and sneak out to meet the men who had so cruelly defiled her. At a loss, Jessica would contact the police several times a week, pleading with them to bring her daughter home.
After Jessica had informed cops about the graffiti, social services became involved. Investigations soon revealed Lucy had been cleverly groomed and exploited.
Officers from the Lancashire force suggested that colleagues from an anti-grooming taskforce Operation Freedom become involved.
But the grim episode reached a terrifying crescendo when Lucy disappeared for 48 hours before finally turning up looking nothing like the cute girl she once was.
Jessica said: “I was out of my mind. I thought this was it – that she wasn’t coming home this time.
“She wandered in at tea time the following day. She was unrecognisable – eyes glazed over, dirty, scruffy. She looked like she hadn’t had a decent meal in ages.”
The police seized Lucy’s phone and it revealed texts asking for sick sex acts. It was all the proof they needed of an illegal sexual relationship – but Lucy refused to testify so they could not prosecute her abusers.
Instead the cops issued each with official warnings about their behaviour – known as a “Section 2 order” – in September 2009.
The orders warned the men they faced arrest if they contacted Lucy, as she was under 16. They must leave her alone or face a possible seven-year prison sentence.
Jessica suffered a backlash from the offenders – her tyres were slashed and paint was thrown over her car – and claims this helped Lucy to see what the beasts were really like.
With the support of her family and the police, Lucy, then aged 15, started to open up about her experiences. She revealed she had been given alcohol and cocaine and understood she had been targeted.
Lucy has undergone extensive counselling.
Two years on, the 17-year-old has put her grisly past behind her and is a now well-rounded young woman.
Lucy, now studying at college, said: “I had a lucky escape. It made me feel special and was exciting because they were older and had cars. At the beginning there were four men then their friends got involved.
“I started sneaking them into my room. Then they got older and older. They would get my number off other men. Some of them didn’t have cars so we’d go round the back of the petrol station, we’d go to the church as well.
“They were from Bangladesh and Pakistan and were all good-looking. They often got me drunk. When the police got involved I went mad because they were stopping me from doing what I wanted to do.”
Jessica and Lucy are now working with the police, sharing their story with families in a similar position.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre last week praised Lancashire Police as “outstanding” and “innovative” in their approach to tackling sexual exploitation.
Lancashire head of public protection, Superintendent Ian Critchley, said: “We will continue to target, warn and prosecute offenders to hit home the message that this type of behaviour is not just unacceptable, it is criminal.
“We will pursue those people involved and bring them to justice.”
*Names have been changed to protect the family’s identity.
See original here.
See details of the Lancashire Police “Operation Freedom” here.
See UK police scared to tackle Muslim sex crimes April 10th, 2011 here.
See UK: Pakistani girls are off limits, so white girls are ‘easy meat’ March 10th, 2011 here.