According to a recent report commissioned and released by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, police in the U.K. have allegedly turned a blind eye to almost 100 pedophiles for fear of inciting violence.
The report identified at least 57 children described as “young white females” who were involved in some way with sexual exploitation carried out by radical “grooming gangs,” which hooked their victims on drugs, “groomed” them for a life as prostitutes, and sexually abused them.
The report, which followed the airing of a BBC documentary entitled, “The Betrayed Girls,” documented repeated failures by the authorities to end the child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Greater Manchester which appeared to be operating in “plain sight”.
The report, and the film, focused on the death of 15-year-old, Victoria Agogla, who died in 2003 after being injected with a heroin overdose by a 50-year-old man. Prior to her death, Victoria was subjected to multiple threats, assaults, and serious sexual exploitation. Although police and children’s social care workers were aware of Victoria’s plight, no investigation was conducted to protect her from harm. A man, who had been previously identified as her so-called “pimp,” was given permission to visit her, in her accommodation, three times a week.
Two months prior to being killed, Victoria told her social worker that an older man was injecting her with heroin, however, no action was taken to ensure her safety. According to the mayor’s report, the man who injected Victoria with the deadly dose was later cleared of manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court. He admitted two offenses of injecting the young girl with heroin and was jailed for three and a half years.