Grooming gangs 'are abusing girls across the country', victims and investigators warn
Call for action comes as Bradford records 62 per cent rise in the number of referrals to its specialist child sexual exploitation service
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".
"It's an issue for every town and city, more people are being failed," she told The Independent. "I'm hearing a lot of new complaints from survivors.
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