Asian grooming gangs abused underage girls in Birmingham for 'decades', ...

Asian grooming gangs trafficked underage girls into Birmingham and abused them for decades despite being reported to police, according to one survivor.  

Sarah, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, says she reported the names of her various abusers to Derbyshire Police in 2012 but none of the offenders have been brought to justice in the same way similar gangs were in Telford and Rotherham.  

A gang of six men was jailed in 2018 for a total of 101 years after sexually exploiting five vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham between 1998 and 2005. 

The gang members - all Asian men from Sheffield and Rotherham - were convicted of offences including rape and indecent assault. 

Sarah has revealed that she was abused by predatory gangs when she was a runaway from care homes in Derby in the early 2000s.  

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Sarah (not pictured, stock photo), whose name has been changed to protect her identity, says she reported the names of her various abusers to Derbyshire Police in 2012 but none of the offenders have been brought to justice in the same way similar gangs were in Telford and Rotherham

She said Asian men of Pakistani heritage would regularly take her and friends from her care homes to Birmingham where she was plied with drink and drugs and abused.

In one incident, she claims West Midlands Police officers stopped a car she was in with a group of abusers and another girl.

Despite taking the underage youngsters' names and ages she says she was allowed on her way with the gang.  

Sarah said: 'Birmingham police stopped the car and took mine and my friend's names and the men's names. I was really scared as I didn't know what was going to happen but the police just let us drive off.

'When we later got back to my care home the staff told me the police had rung and said we'd been stopped with really dangerous men. I thought, ''Well if they were that dangerous why did you leave us with them?''

Sarah says she was extensively groomed and abused in Derby and later repeatedly trafficked between Derby, Birmingham and Bradford by men from Birmingham and Derby.

She said: 'I gave Derby police my Birmingham offenders' names - but no one has ever been charged.

'I know of lots of Derby girls who were groomed in Birmingham, I don't know why we don't see high profile grooming cases in court in Birmingham like we have seen elsewhere in the country.'

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Sarah (not pictured, stock photo) has revealed that she was abused by predatory gangs when she was a runaway from care homes in Derby in the early 2000s

She added: 'I was groomed and abused between 1999 and 2003. And I was really horrendously groomed in Birmingham. It wasn't just me, lots of girls, and lots of girls I know, were taken from Derby to be abused in Birmingham.' 

Sarah said she has been awarded more than £150,000 after suing two councils recently for failing to protect her while she was in the care system.  

She said: 'My care files are full of references to the abuse, the care home staff would note down who I went off with, who dropped me off, they'd note down men's number plates.

'What I found the most awful thing of all was that I was really badly blamed and I was scapegoated. Social services actually wrote down that I was the main player in my own abuse by the grooming gangs - I was just 14...

'My children's home knew all about it, they'd seen [my abuser] drop me off, pick me up, they weren't bothered. I would say he was probably about in his 30s.'    

She added: 'I made lots of statements about Derby men and Birmingham men. Nothing happened at all. They said they'd spoken to some other girls, and that was it, nothing was going ahead. And I was really mentally ill at the time.

'So just more recently some other girls have come forward and the police have contacted me but I can't trust them at all because the men are so dangerous and the police, they've been so awful to me.'

She said: 'I know it sounds stupid but I'd gone from being nothing and no one at all to being like a junkie's daughter who stands on the corner, a waste of taxpayers' money to just being another kid who's then pushed around to like every single person, to everywhere I went in certain Asian areas in Birmingham and Derby, people noticing me.

'I was being bought things and given drugs, alcohol, it sounds awful but it was almost like I felt like I was part of the gang, even though I wasn't.'

A breakthrough did come in 2011 when Operation Retriever in Derby led to the conviction of nine men for multiple offences ranging from rape to intimidating witnesses. Their victims totalled 27 teenage girls.

So-called ringleaders Mohammed Liaqat, then aged 28, and Abid Saddique, then aged 27, were found guilty of charges including rape. Saddique was jailed for at least 11 years and Liaqat for a minimum of eight.

Ironically Operation Retriever was sparked after Staffordshire police pulled over three men and were concerned to see two young teenagers with them. They had been reported missing from a care home in Derby.

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