Asian grooming gangs victim tells how she was trafficked and abused by dozens ...

A victim of the Telford and Birmingham grooming gangs has come forward to reveal her story to try and help other survivors.

Lauren Elysia Priddey was 18 when she was raped and terrorised by cousins Mohammed Ali Sultan and Shahmeel Khan in separate attacks, only days apart.

She says that she was the victim of trafficking and was abused by dozens of men in the West Midlands - none of whom have been brought to justice.

However, after watching Michaela Coel's BBC drama I May Destroy You, she has waived her right to anonymity in a bid to offer hope to other survivors.

Lauren Elysia Priddey (pictured) was 18 when she was raped and terrorised by cousins Mohammed Ali Sultan and Shahmeel Khan in separate attacks, only days apart. Now though, she has waived her anonymity to try and help other survivors

Lauren Elysia Priddey (pictured) was 18 when she was raped and terrorised by cousins Mohammed Ali Sultan and Shahmeel Khan in separate attacks, only days apart. Now though, she has waived her anonymity to try and help other survivors 

Now, aged 31, Lauren had rebuilt her life and become a senior mental health nurse and she wants to offer one-to-one mentoring sessions to other survivors in the safety of their own homes.

She said: 'For a long time I've been keeping my past separate from my friends, from my workplace - trying to pretend to be somebody I'm not.

'I feel I have to keep myself a secret all the time and I find that really difficult for my mental health as it is a big secret to keep.

'It's like society wants me to feel undervalued or oppressed because I'm a victim.

'But I want to feel good about myself and say "Yes, this is me – look at my achievements."'

Khan was jailed for ten years

Sultan received a six-year sentence and was jailed for a further eight years in 2019 for abusing a 13-year-old girl

Khan (left) was jailed for ten years while Sultan (right) received a six-year sentence and was jailed for a further eight years in 2019 for abusing a 13-year-old girl

In 2007, just before she was due to sit her A Level exams, Lauren was attacked by Khan, 33, after he barged his way into her Telford flat and ordered her to undress before he raped her.

Two days later his cousin Sultan - later exposed as a grooming gang ringleader - also forced his way into the flat and raped Lauren who he went on to further abuse.

Lauren later gave evidence at court against both men leading to Khan being jailed for ten years while Sultan received a six-year sentence and was jailed for a further eight years in 2019 for abusing a 13-year-old girl.    

Lauren said: 'Being raped even once was devastating. It took a huge toll on my mental health.

'When Sultan came round two days after the rape I was still in shock, still traumatised. I had no fight left in me.

Now, aged 31, Lauren had rebuilt her life and become a senior mental health nurse and she wants to offer one-to-one mentoring sessions to other survivors in the safety of their own homes

Now, aged 31, Lauren had rebuilt her life and become a senior mental health nurse and she wants to offer one-to-one mentoring sessions to other survivors in the safety of their own homes

'He used to say he would make my life hell and said I didn't want to play games with him.

'He would say he would kick my door in and when I said: 'You won't because of the locks', he said: "I will kick your head in then".'

Worn down by the attacks, Lauren fell into a cycle of drugs and abuse involving other Asian men in Telford, Birmingham and other parts of the UK.

Lauren said: 'They degraded me to the point where I'd become this sex thing, this thing that wasn't human, but just an object. To the point where I believed that's what I was.

'I was 18 the first time I was raped. I was 18 when I was serially gang-raped. I was 18 when I was trafficked all over England and given to many men, sometimes as many as ten in one night.

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