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Unthinkable: The Shocking Scandal of Britain's Trafficked Children
 
 

Unthinkable: The Shocking Scandal of Britain's Trafficked Children [Kindle Edition]

Kris Hollington
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The UK was shocked to its core in May 2012 when a gang of nine men was convicted of the systematic sexual abuse of disadvantaged teenage girls in the Rochdale area - the crimes including counts of rape, aiding and abetting rape, sexual assault and trafficking girls within the UK for sexual exploitation. Yet many childcare experts reckon these crimes are just the tip of an iceberg of wide scale exploitation occurring across the country. The Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz said in June 2012 that there 'isn't a town, village or hamlet in which children are not being sexually exploited'. As this book goes to press, a gang of men similar to those convicted in Rochdale stands trial for similar crimes in Oxford. What is happening in Britain that means young vulnerable girls can be exploited in this way? Award-winning journalist Kris Hollington tells the inside story of some of the most shocking and heartbreaking crimes of recent years, focusing on the Rochdale case but also analysing recent cases in the London area that have echoes of the brutality of organised slavery. His findings expose how the British justice system is failing to protect children in the 21st century. It is a scandal that cannot be ignored.

About the Author

Kris Hollington is a freelance journalist, author and ghost-writer of 14 books, including the Sunday Times bestsellers Baby X and Little Victim, written with Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble. Kris's articles and books have featured on television and radio (including Channel 4's Cutting Edge, ITV1's Real Crime, BBC Radio 4's Saturday Play and BBC Drama). He lives in East London.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (28 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J40LDU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A good overall picture of the terrible state of child protection in the UK and the organised criminals that exploit it for sexual gratification and financial gain.

Not a pleasant read, as the author states "I hope you get angry"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener 17 April 2013
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A really well written book, but truly shocking and disturbing. I had no idea that the world is such a wicked place for so many vulnerable young girls. It made me feel like I want to help. Makes me realise how lucky I am and scared for my own daughter in the future.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and blood-boiling 31 Aug 2013
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This book sheds a timely and valuable spotlight on the most horrific and cruel practice in Britain today, One that is being totally ignored and covered up by the establishment.
Kris Hollington, in a harrowing, distressing and heart-wrenching read (If this does not make you angry and upset then you are not human), the world of rape gangs, that lure vulnerable girls (from broken homes and with low self-esteem) into their clutches, and turn them into sex slaves, passed around among many different men, beaten, tortured, gang raped and broken down. Many of them do not survive.

The author cites evidence that up to ten thousand British girls have fallen victim to this, but I believe the numbers are far, far higher.
What makes the blood boil and makes one want to weep are a few things. One is that courts, police, the media and yes, many social workers see the girls as 'slags' or 'prostitutes' as if they have willingly chosen prostitution (when the truth is no child chooses to be a prostitute, they are forced or lured into it) and as manipulative and even the men who abuse and destroy them being the victims and these girls the victimizers ( as a Pakistani child rapist claimed in court) (It is sickening to think such archaic, cruel attitudes still persist so prevalently and among the educated establishment too!) The media refers to them too often as 'prostitutes' when they are victims. After having gone through horrific gang rapes, torture and terror, are viciously 'cross examined' (in reality prosecuted themselves) by the defence teams and even by the judges).
Parts of the media places the full blame on these girls for their own fate,m even when they are murdered (how can anyone with any humanity not find this sickening?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping 27 April 2013
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A book that will leave you feeling sad AND angry. It is a sad fact that these girls are left in such a vicious cycle, vulnerable and alone. And the worse of it is it can happen to anyone's daughter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where do we go from here? 5 May 2013
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Much of "Unthinkable" is heartbreaking and distressing, hence the title of the book. This sentence sums sex trafficking in the UK up:

"They once dreamed of Prince Charming. Instead, ususally after weeks and months of grooming, taxi drivers, burger flippers and kebab cutters queue up to rape them."

Hollington spends about half his book talking about how multiple failures in the child protection system make it possible for child grooming gangs, mostly made up of Pakistanis, to access vulnerable girls in care. There are 5,000 instances of children going missing from care homes annually, which rises to 10,000 when you take into account absences of less than 24 hours.

Yet he seems then to have something of an intellectual and moral breakdown. He states in his introduction that he hopes the book makes readers angry, but describes people who express their anger towards the (majority) perpetrators as "racist thugs". It's like something that a Guardian journalist, instead of a Times one like Hollington, would say: "get angry, but if you get angry in a way I disapprove of then you're a racist".

He praises people such as "militant Sarah" and gives us five of her success stories at the end, but what about the thousands of stories that end less edifyingly?

Hollington is to be praised for showing how comprehensively those who work on the side of the angels have not failed to protect British children from predators, but have attempted to tie journalists up in injunctions to prevent the stories of those failures from emerging.

So where do we go from here?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So angry 14 Nov 2013
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This book is so scary, can't believe this stuff goes on right under out noses yet nothing is done about it, our next generation of woman are going to be so messed up, and we are all going to feel the repercussions. Has this been happening to a young girl that I pass in the street? I will talk about this book to everyone I know, tell them to read it and educate themselves so we can all look out for the signs and all do our bit to stop this atrocity happening in our communities, our children, furthermore all children deserve so much better.

ANGRY
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking! 13 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in this case with the harrowing face on the front, i picked it up and read the back... and from there entered a world that is outside our front doors, yet we think it only exists on tv.
I think that Kris has written a thoroughly thought provoking book, looking at the stories from different angles and getting his facts correct before producing this book, unlike other writers.
I wish that books like this were on the national curriculum, so that teenagers are actually aware of what is going on around them, instead of a child just being labelled "troubled". This has spurred on my career aspirations so thank you Kris.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My personal opinion
This is a shocking book, but it helps to open our eyes and see things from a new perspective. how chilling that this is going on right under our noses.
Published 1 month ago by laugh out loud
4.0 out of 5 stars Shocking but everyone should read it
Everybody should read this book. I was shocked and deeply impacted. Treating children in this way should never be tolerated but everyone needs to be aware.
Published 1 month ago by George
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
well written with good examples of individual cases of child sexual exploitation. Demonstrates how badly we let our young people downloading.
Published 2 months ago by sairz
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be compulsory reading for police officers, teachers, social...
something is seriously wrong in our country and it's our children who are suffering.
Government please change the law making it illegal for men to purchase women of any age... Read more
Published 3 months ago by joy hb
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
I found it a very good read and most shocking and something that most people don't understand goes on and more should de done about it
Published 3 months ago by andrew strong
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult
I found this book difficult to read, repetitious and couldn't really understand the "story" behind it, though perhaps I missed the point!
Published 3 months ago by Kerrie Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
Really good book. Made me think a lot about what these poor girls go through.
Thank God for services like these
Published 4 months ago by miss r adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight
Gives a very interesting and sometimes very sad insight into the system behind the trouble our country has with sexual child exploitation. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tanya freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars It is unthinkable
This is a very important and enlightening book. The influence of drug dependence is shocking and the lack of no rehabilitation facilities for young women. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MR DAVID R TUCKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill book to reaped
This book is brilliant a must read.the story is heart breaking and u really feel for the person in it.
Published 6 months ago by LUCY SLOGGETT
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