Grooming gangs across the country are repeating the horrific abuse exposed in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and most recently Newcastle, victims and investigators have warned.
There are mounting calls for nationwide action to combat sexual exploitation, with authorities accused of playing catch-up after ignoring victims ”for decades and decades".
Sammy Woodhouse, who was abused as a teenager by the Rotherham ringleader Arshid ”Mad Ash" Hussain and has waived her right to anonymity, said abuse was underway ”all over the country".
”Some are saying they have been to the police and didn't get taken seriously, others are getting support.
”But I think the Government is still trying to play this down and make out it's not a major issue – they are not doing enough."
Her calls for action came as figures show that in Bradford 1,153 referrals were made to its child sexual exploitation team in 2016/17 – a 62 per cent increase on the year before.
Bradford Metropolitan District Council's specialist hub launched interventions for 861 children – including many who were referred more than once. The vast majority of possible victims are girls.
Ms Woodhouse said she had also noted a growing number of grooming victims contacting her who were from the city.
Authorities behind an investigation that identified more than 700 women and girls as potential victims of sexual exploitation in North East England believe the abuse is happening far beyond areas where perpetrators have been caught.
Meanwhile, West Yorkshire Police is running a dedicated investigation, Operation Dalesway, with 66 suspects arrested so far, 10 charged and eight ongoing investigations.
Assistant chief constable Catherine Hankinson said child sexual exploitation was a ”top priority" and proactive work was ongoing to identify those at risk.
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Looks like Bradford is going to be next in line for a scandal in the UK for something not spoken about enough. Child/teenager girl rape/trafficking. Add it to Rotherham, Rochdale, Newcastle, Telford, Aylesbury, Derby, Oxford, Halifax, Peterborough, Banbury, Bristol, Keighley and who knows how many others?
Bradford has came up before
Fifteen men who "systematically" groomed and sexually abused teenage girls in Halifax have been jailed.
They were convicted of child sex offences including rape, grooming and trafficking during three separate trials at Leeds Crown Court.
Prosecutors praised the "immense courage and bravery" of the two victims who gave evidence against the men.
The longest sentence passed was 25 years in what was described as a "complex and lengthy operation".
The gang of men abused a young girl in Halifax and Bradford between 2009 and 2011, the Crown Prosecution (CPS) said.
Another victim was also sexually assaulted by one of the gang members.