The Be­trayed Girls

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doc­u­men­tary / 8.30pm / BBC1

‘I felt to­tally alone. There was no one to help me, no one to lis­ten. So it just went on,’ says one child vic­tim of sex­ual abuse. This doc­u­men­tary looks at the groom­ing of young white girls in the north west of Eng­land by gangs of mainly Pak­istani men. Fol­low­ing on from the re­cent drama Three Girls, it tells the story of what hap­pened, and asks why noth­ing was done to help the girls for over a decade. The po­lice and so­cial ser­vices knew, yet the abuse con­tin­ued. The ac­counts from the vic­tims are horrific, the lack of ac­tion from author­i­ties ut­terly shame­ful, but this film high­lights the peo­ple, in­clud­ing de­tec­tive Mag­gie Oliver, who made a dif­fer­ence and who fought for the girls’ right to be heard and pro­tected.

Mag­gie Oliver helped the girls get jus­tice

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