Hell of tragic Vic­to­ria, 15, was ig­nored

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The re­port states: “Au­thor­i­ties knew many were be­ing sub­jected to the most pro­found abuse and ex­ploita­tion but did not pro­tect them.

“Th­ese were pre­dom­i­nantly Asian men work­ing in the restau­rant in­dus­try; they en­ticed young girls in the care sys­tem and ul­ti­mately abused them.

“But con­cerns were ex­pressed about the risk of proac­tive tac­tics or the in­cite­ment of racial ha­tred.”

Com­mis­sioned by Greater Manch­ester Mayor Andy Burn­ham, the re­port was launched on the back of al­le­ga­tions made by ex-de­tec­tive Mag­gie Oliver.

It was also sparked by GMP’s crit­i­cism over their fears of ar­rest­ing Asian men in the sep­a­rate Rochdale abuse scan­dal.

Yes­ter­day GMP Chief Con­sta­ble Ian Hop­kins apol­o­gised to the vic­tims and said he felt “per­son­ally dis­gusted” at the crimes.

He went on: “In Au­gust 2018 it be­came clear Au­gusta was not to stan­dard and I im­me­di­ately com­mis­sioned a re­view. Fol­low­ing (that) re­view, a multi-agency team was es­tab­lished with Manch­ester city coun­cil un­der Op­er­a­tion Green Jacket.

“To date Green Jacket has iden­ti­fied 53 po­ten­tial vic­tims; 48 were in care. This in­cludes

THE DEATH of 15-year-old Vic­to­ria Agoglia in 2003 sparked a chain of events that led to yes­ter­day’s groom­ing gang re­port.

Vic­to­ria had been in the care of Manch­ester City Coun­cil since the age of eight fol­low­ing the death of her mother.

Known as Vicky, she also used her step­fa­ther’s sur­name of Byrne and dreamed of be­com­ing a model.

But in the two years be­fore her death, the re­port found Vic­to­ria was re­peat­edly “threat­ened, as­saulted and re­turned to her res­i­den­tial unit in­tox­i­cated”.

The shock­ing re­port said she dis­closed at the time she was in­volved in sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and al­leged rape and sex­ual as­sault.

The re­port added: “Although cared for by

Vic­to­ria Agoglia.” Joanne Roney, Manch­ester City Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “This re­port makes for painful read­ing. Some of the so­cial work 15 years ago fell far be­low the high stan­dards we now ex­pect.

“We are deeply sorry not enough was done to pro­tect our chil­dren at the time – we are in a the coun­cil, a man iden­ti­fied as her ‘pimp’ was given per­mis­sion to visit her in her ac­com­mo­da­tion three times a week.”

It said this re­la­tion­ship was known about by po­lice and the coun­cil but ap­pears to have been “con­doned by so­cial ser­vices” and no at­tempts were ap­par­ently made to find out ex­actly who the man was.

In March 2003, six months be­fore her death, the man took her to the home of one of his rel­a­tives. She later re­ported that she had been raped but de­spite a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion, the abuse was al­lowed to con­tinue.

Two months be­fore her death, Vic­to­ria told her so­cial worker and a sub­stance

much bet­ter place.” The re­port looked at a sam­ple of his­toric cases de­tail­ing rape and sex­ual abuse al­le­ga­tions made by girls that were not fol­lowed up.

It con­cludes each case with the same sen­tence: “We can­not of­fer any as­sur­ance this was ap­pro­pri­ately ad­dressed by GMP or Manch­ester City Coun­cil.” mis­use worker that an older man was in­ject­ing her with heroin.

But the re­port says: “No for­mal ac­tion was taken to in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter or pre­vent it oc­cur­ring again.

“Within two months of this rev­e­la­tion, Vic­to­ria died.”

In 2004, Mo­hammed Yaqoob, 50, was cleared of her man­slaugh­ter but ad­mit­ted twice in­ject­ing her with heroin. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Of the few men con­victed of groom­ing and abuse, nine from Rochdale, in­clud­ing ring leader Shabir Ahmed, 59, were jailed at Liver­pool Crown Court in 2012 for a string of sex of­fences, in­clud­ing rape.

Dur­ing the trial, Ahmed ac­cused the white com­mu­nity of let­ting down the girls.

As a re­sult “very few of the rel­e­vant per­pe­tra­tors were brought to jus­tice and nei­ther were their ac­tiv­i­ties dis­rupted”. This was de­spite “clear ev­i­dence” girls, aged 12 to 16, were be­ing abused “gen­er­ally by older Asian men”.

Po­lice even had all the preda­tors’ names, ad­dresses and the flats above take­aways where

the abuse oc­curred. Mr Burn­ham said Vic­to­ria’s death “ex­posed a net­work of pae­dophiles brazenly abus­ing young peo­ple in care... ap­pallingly left to re­of­fend”. He added there was now “a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion”.

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