Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Teenage sex slave raped by 90 men in single weekend

A teenage girl who was raped by 90 men in a weekend represents "only the tip of the iceberg" of sex slavery in the UK, a report reveals today.

Efforts to tackle modern slavery in the UK are in a state of crisis, a new report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has claimed.

An investigation by the independent think-tank uncovered a "shocking underworld" of human trafficking.

Its study found more than 1,000 adults and children were trafficked into or within the UK in 2011/2012.

Among the cases in the CSJ report is the horrific story of a girl who was aged just 16 when she was taken into slavery and raped by 90 men.

The girl had not come from a background where she was likely to be abused, but was exploited after she befriended other girls who were vulnerable. She was left deeply traumatised, but was able to give evidence to the committee and "is now safe".

Christian Guy of the CSJ, said: "Our research has uncovered a shocking underworld in which children and adults, many of them UK citizens, have been forced into lives of utter degradation."

A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: "Investment in training for front line professionals to identify and refer victims, improvements in data collection, work with the private sector to protect workers and more personalised care and support for victims are already making a real difference."

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"We have been alarmed to learn that British children being trafficked within the country are often viewed as somehow being complicit in their exploitation. This is absurd and unacceptable.

"Elements of control in these cases can be subtle and difficult to identify; this control frequently takes the form of sexual and other forms of violence, physical or emotional abuse, threats of violence towards family members or threats of public shaming."

Christian Guy, managing director, Centre for Social Justice

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