Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Private Run Homes pt3
In 2012 a report was written, looking at the most dangerous areas of the Country for a child to be placed into care.
‘The casual nature of the exploitation is quite chilling. The stories that children and young people tell us are truly horrific.’ Labour MP Ann Coffey, head of a parliamentary inquiry into children who go missing from care, said: ‘A staggering 46 per cent of children living in children’s homes are placed in homes miles from their hometowns, often in private children’s homes in rundown areas, and sometimes in the same streets as ex-prisoners and paedophiles.
‘Failure to take action will lead to more horrific Rochdale cases.’
Towns where danger awaits the vulnerable
Where Children’s Minister Tim Loughton says youngsters are most at risk:
BLACKPOOL: Away from the bright lights of its historic pier, dozens of young girls have been lured like ‘a moth to a flame’ towards the town’s takeaways and fast-food outlets.
Among the impressionable teenagers sucked into its seedy underbelly where gangs of men groom teenagers for sex was 14-year-old Charlene Downes.
She vanished one night in November 2003 after saying goodbye to her sister and heading off towards the town centre. Her body has never been found but detectives are convinced she was murdered.
Officers suspect Charlene fell victim to Blackpool’s sex ring of older men who plied young girls with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol in return for sexual favours.
A shocking police report into Charlene’s disappearance last year detailed endemic child sexual abuse and prostitution in the town.
ROCHDALE: The horrifying abuse of young white girls by Asian men in Rochdale prompted a wave of national revulsion.
Nine Asian men were jailed in May for raping and abusing up to 47 girls, some as young as 13, after plying them with alcohol and luring them to takeaways. The 59-year-old ringleader, Shabir Ahmed, was jailed for 19 years.
The girls had been raped ‘callously, viciously and violently’ after being attracted by ‘flattery, free food and alcohol’.
Police said the girls – mostly from broken or ‘chaotic’ homes – were targeted because they were vulnerable, not because they were white.
MARGATE: High levels of unemployment, crime and social deprivation have turned the Kent resort into a dumping ground for former criminals.
Bail hostels house registered paedophiles and sex attackers while the streets outside are used by drug dealers and prostitutes. And nestled right in the middle of this dangerous social setting are privately-owned children’s homes looking after some of the country’s most vulnerable youngsters.
Many of them are not from Margate or the surrounding area. It is believed that up to 1,200 of the children being looked after in Kent have been placed there by other local authorities.
WORTHING: It may not suffer from the same levels of deprivation as Blackpool, Rochdale or Margate but Worthing and the surrounding areas are facing the same ticking time-bomb. Girls, some as young as 12, are being targeted by child sex gangs.
They, like the others, are lured away from shopping centres and plied with drink and drugs before being encouraged to perform sex acts at ‘party houses’ in Brighton and Hove.
Others are being picked up off the streets, groomed by older men and then driven in cars to sex parties in London. There is growing anecdotal evidence of a problem that is steadily getting worse.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2167957/Thousands-children-dumped-care-risk-sex-gangs.html#ixzz2LL1M57O7