System failed the girls abused by evil sex gang
Makes you wonder what kind of society we live in when girls as young as 13 are treated like worthless pieces of meat to be passed around and raped by their disgusting abusers.
We were sickened to learn that as many as 47 young girls were groomed and habitually raped by the vile sex gang convicted last week.
That’s 47 vulnerable young girls who were failed by every adult in their lives.
Makes you wonder what kind of society we live in when girls as young as 13 are treated like worthless pieces of meat to be passed around and raped by their disgusting abusers because they have nowhere else to turn.
Not a single adult in their lives put a stop to the serial rape of these children until it was too late. Not only were these girls failed by their families, they were failed by care homes paid to look after many of them.
Even the Crown Prosecution Service failed these kids by refusing to act when the abuse was reported two years before arrests were made.
The stories that spewed out of Liverpool Crown Court last week defied belief.
One 15-year-old meant to be receiving round-the-clock “solo” care at her Rochdale home went missing 19 times in three months, for up to two weeks at a time.
But instead of launching a search for her, “care” staff sent texts asking her when she’d be back. The people paid to look after this vulnerable child had no idea she was being groomed for sex by a vile gang who abused her up to 25 times in a night.
Another victim, Victoria Agoglia, died of a heroin overdose at 15. Is it any surprise this poor child, made to feel worthless by her abusers, gave up on life?
Even in death, Victoria was failed again by our justice system, which handed down a pathetic three-and-a-half-year prison sentence to the animal, Mohammed Yaqoob, who supplied the heroin that killed her.
This horrendous trial has lifted the lid on the vulnerability of kids who leave troubled homes or end up in care.
We should be straining every sinew to help these girls, but they’ve been tossed to the wolves and exposed to the worst kind of abuse.
When police were first tipped off about the gang, it took another two years before any arrests were made. The lack of communication between care homes, social services and police to save these children is tantamount to criminal neglect.
Why isn’t there an immediate inquiry being launched into the care homes that charge councils £250,000 a year for each troubled child, yet fail to look after them?
Who will take responsibility for the CPS cock-up that meant the pleas of a 15-year-old girl were not taken seriously enough to save her and so many others?
What reassurances do we have that more child sex gang members aren’t still out there, waiting to prey on our kids?
This horrendous case has lifted the lid on the very worst failings of our care system.
It’s every child’s birthright to be looked after and protected, yet those poor girls were hung out to dry.