BBC One is running a three-part special this week entitled, “Three Girls.” It is a true story about a scandal that began to surface about a decade ago [timeline 2003 to 2014] in the UK about gangs of Muslim adult men who prey on the young known as grooming gangs.
What are grooming gangs?
Grooming gangs are mostly older Muslim men who befriend unsuspecting young girls and boys, most of whom are poor and live in a troubled environment.
The children, many teens are reeled in aka groomed with gifts, booze, drugs and fast food all the while these men are pretending to care about their prey. As with most pedophiles, the point is to gain the children’s trust.
Once trust is gained and their victims groomed, the predators strike raping the girls (or boys) repeatedly. The grooming gangs claim their victims as their property and the children are threatened into silence.
Kept in line by their predators: The girls are raped, drugged, tortured, threatened, trafficked for sex, passed around to whomever, wherever at anytime.
The system, from social services to law enforcement, etc. failed the victims and their families who came forward by turning a blind eye to their plight often leaving the girls with nowhere to turn except back into hands of their abusers.