Three Girls’ Rochdale grooming beast who forced underage girls into sex in his taxi is living off benefits and regularly visits wife and kids who live near TWO schoolsGemma Mullin 22nd May 2017
Police and social workers ignored the Rochdale sex abuse scandal - depicted in BBC drama Three Girls - because of political correctness, a victim has claimed.
The woman, who was named Holly in the drama and played by Molly Windsor, said authorities 'knew exactly what was going on', but turned a blind eye.
Known as Girl A when the horrific case went to court, the young woman - who cannot be identified for legal reasons - was repeatedly raped by ringleader Shabir Ahmed from the age of 14.
Her comments came days after another woman, identified as 'Lily', said she was ignored and came to believe the abuse was normal.
She told author Nigel Bunyan in The Sun: 'The police and social workers betrayed a generation of girls by turning a blind eye.
'They knew exactly what was going on - they just didn't want to stop it. They knew the girls were under-age, they knew the men abusing them were Asian.
'They were just too politically correct to admit it.'
Girl A, now a mum living in the south of England, said police were so worried about being seen as racist that they referred to girls making 'lifestyle choices' in official reports.
She recounted how Ahmed - who encouraged victims to call him 'Daddy' - would ply her with vodka before she was abused.
Ahmed, who was 59 when he was eventually convicted, would pass girls around to other gang members.
Girl A said: 'We were all kids on a conveyor belt of abuse.'
Ahmed was eventually jailed for 22 years for rape, sexual assault, trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
The Rochdale scandal was finally exposed in 2012, when people learned that for years, authorities had been suppressing knowledge of abuse rings of primarily Pakistani men preying on primarily white teenage girls.
Young women were being raped by multiple men on a nightly basis, after being plied with gifts and alcohol.
Last week 'Lily' - who was not one of the girls depicted in Three Girls but was abused by the same men - told ITV's Good Morning Britain: 'I just felt like I was ignored like because I'd been told that this thing that had happened to me was really, really horrific but when I actually tried to report it nothing happened.
'So that kind of made me go back to thinking, well there's nothing wrong with what's going on because if there was something wrong, and it was really bad, then the police would have done something.'
Nine men were sentenced in 2012, and another nine in 2016. In 2012, the men were given sentences ranging from four to 19 years.
A jury at Liverpool Crown Court heard that girls would be given alcohol before being passed around for sex at two takeaways, the Balti House and Tasty Bites, in the Heywood area.
The police were accused by then MP Simon Danczuk of ignoring the cases because they were brought by working class girls.
Reports have estimated the number of girls abused over the course of the cover-up at 1,400, but some have said it could be as many as 2,000.
The men sentenced in 2012 included Mohammed Amin who was jailed for five years for sexual assaults and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Abdul Qayyum, known as 'Tiger' to his victims, was jailed for five years for conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Adil Khan was convicted of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. He was jailed for eight years.
Mohammed Sajid, who abused girls in a flat in the city, was jailed for 12 years after he was convicted of conspiracy, sexual activity with a child, rape and trafficking.
Abdul Rauf was jailed for six years after being convicted of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child. The court heard he had sex with one girl in his taxi 20 to 30 times.
Abdul Aziz was convicted of trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child and jailed for nine years.
The youngest of the group, Kabeer Hassan, was 25 when the abuse happened. He was jailed for nine years for rape and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.
Hamid Safi was jailed for four years for trafficking and conspiracy but was cleared of rape charges.
Allegations had been brought to police on multiple occasions between 2008 and 2010, and after reviews following the court case, Greater Manchester Police apologised in 2015.
In total, 13 officers were investigated and seven were given misconduct notices, but none faced further proceedings after the report was issued.
After the report, Assistant Chief Constable, Dawn Copley said: 'I want to say we openly acknowledge that mistakes were made and victims were let down.
'For our part in that we apologise to the victims and we give them our assurance that lessons have been learned, changes have been made and we are determined to use this to continue making improvements.'
In April last year, 10 men were jailed for a total of more than 125 years for sexual offences against eight girls and women in Rochdale.
They included Afraz Ahmed, a former bus driver who picked up two of his young victims from school and offered them free tickets.
He was originally questioned in 2006 but a decision was made not to prosecute him after he claimed the girls' complaints against him were racially motivated.
Former bus driver Ahmed, of Rochdale, was found guilty of various sexual offences, including rape, conspiracy to rape and sexual activity with a child, in relation to five underage victims. He was jailed for 25 years.
Also sent to prison were Choudry Hussein for 19 years in his absence for rape, sexual activity with a child and conspiracy to rape.
Rehan Ali, of Blackley, was imprisoned for seven years and Kutab Miah, of Rochdale, for nine years after both were found guilty of rape and sexual activity with a child.
Abid Khan, of Liverpool, was jailed for six-and-a-half years and Mohammed Zahid, of Rochdale, for five years after both were found guilty of sexual activity with a child.
Mohammed Dauood, of Burnley, was jailed for 16 years after he was convicted of offences in relation to two victims including rape, sexual activity with a child and sexual assault.
David Law, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, was jailed for 11 years after he was convicted of conspiracy to rape.
A tenth defendant, Mahfuz Rahman, of HMP Garth, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to three counts of sexual activity with a child. He was jailed for five-and-a-half years last September.
A then-40-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was jailed for 23 years after he was convicted of rape and attempting to abduct a child in relation to three victims. He will serve an additional eight years on extended licence when he is released.
Real-life 'Three Girls' Rochdale victim claims police and social workers ignored horrifying abuse because they were 'too politically correct' to admit sex gang members were Asian Dave Burke and Rebecca Taylor For Mailonline 21 May 2017