These are the scary lyrics sent to a young girl by a Hull grooming gang – and threaten to burn her alive and bury her at the Hessle Foreshore unless she did as she was told.
The terrible messages, uncovered in a new Sky News survey in care and exploitation, previously highlighted by Hull Live earlier this year, provide a window into the desperate lives of the victims of the grooming gangs.
A number of brave young women came forward to speak to Hull Live following the announcement that the Humberside Police investigation into exploitation, known as Operation Marksman, was being conducted earlier this year.
New testimony from victims who testified as part of the multi-agency operation has once again highlighted the horrific trials these young women have suffered.
A former top police chief has called on Humberside Police to ‘double’ their efforts through Operation Marksman to bring those responsible for the abuse to justice.
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Hull Live revealed the horrific details of the reported abuse earlier this year, after Humberside Police told the victims that its two-year investigation, called Operation Marksman, was being conducted without ensuring the justice the girls were fighting for.
Many young women spoke boldly to us about their trials at the hands of addicts they describe as men with Asian and Middle Eastern backgrounds, including Turkish, Kurdish and Bangladeshi.
All but one of the victims we spoke to were under 16 at the time and targeted at school, an orphanage and even a medical environment.
A victim describes being tied to a radiator while she was wearing her school uniform before being raped by a man in his sixties. Witnesses said another girl was raped by eight men while she was unconscious.
Despite the fact that 34 men and women have been arrested or questioned on suspicion of crimes such as rape, sexual assault and facilitating the exploitation of children during Operation Marksman, only a small number have been charged.
Following Hull Live’s reports of the end of Operation Marksman earlier this year, Sky News has spoken to a number of young women who were victims of the gangs and presented a new look at the evidence they have gathered.
After being presented with testimonies and evidence from the women who have bravely come forward and highlighted the problem once again, Mr. Gamble that there is enough for Humberside Police to restart Operation Marksman and find justice for the victims.
Among the evidence is a series of texts sent to a victim known as Sarah, now 19, who told Sky News that in her early teens she was threatened with being buried alive or set on fire if she did not return to an apartment regularly. to be raped by a gang of men.
In connection with the threatening text, former police chief Jim Gamble said: “Number one is that he has committed a criminal act because it is a threat of murder, and the law on offenses against the person makes it a crime.
“But what you see there is the coercive control. You see the fact that the predator is so sure of their abilities, their level of competence to control these young people, that they do not even try to hide it or mask it.
“I would be surprised if they are not able to cross the evidence threshold … for what you have are significant levels of confirmation.”
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Humberside Police said today that they had left “no stone unturned” in their investigation of the gangs operating in the area, rejecting the suggestion that the evidence had not been properly handled.
Humberside Police Detective Chief Superintendent Phillip Ward said: “Operation Marksman has been an intensive two-year investigation into reported sexual exploitation of children in Hull. As part of the investigation, we spoke at length with all the victims identified to us.
“Throughout the investigation, we have had a dedicated senior investigating officer overseeing the investigation, up to 15 specialists, social workers and secure leads working on the case at all times, providing strategic support, expert advice and specialist competencies to bring the case together. .
Each victim had a dedicated support staff from the police and from the local authority to ensure that all aspects of protection were taken into account.
“We also partnered with the National Crime Agency (NCA), Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), other police forces and Operation Hydrant, the national head of police response, oversight and coordination of child sexual abuse investigations, to help us with the intensive and complex investigation.
Humberside Police said they have been working to get a detailed report from anyone identified as a victim or witness, and these reports, along with the evidence presented, led to the arrest of 34 people in connection with the investigation.
As part of the arrests, over 200 digital devices were seized from the suspects, each of whom was forensically examined.
This included analysis of messaging services, social media, GPRS, mobile phones and contact data, and the police made an effort to identify the contact between the suspects or link them to the victims and addresses of interest to the investigation.
Police confirmed that over 10,000 text messages were reviewed as part of this analysis.
If you have any information you would like to share, please contact Hull Live Reporter Lisa Baxter firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on Facebook at Hull Live.
If you can help Humberside Police with their childcare or sexual exploitation investigation, call 101 or visit Humberside police
Hull City Council and Østrideråd have a team of specialists, known as VEMT, with advice and help for potential victims or worried families. They have a dedicated number on 01482 613560, which is available between 13.00 and 17.00, Monday to Friday.
Anyone who has concerns about a young person in Hull can also contact the municipality’s security center on 01482 448 879.
In support of victims of child exploitation visit the NSPCC charity or call 0800 1111 for free if you are 18 or under. If you are concerned about a child, contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 for help, advice and support.
Detective Inspector Phillip Ward said: “Despite two years of intensive investigation, analysis and investigation, we share the disappointment and frustration that we have not been able to identify sufficient evidence to confirm or support the reports given by the victims. As a result, we have not been able to meet the Crown Prosecution Service’s standard of proof that we can formally target anyone in connection with Operation Marksman.
“Critically, the study found no evidence of organized sexual exploitation of children in any part of our society, either geographically or through ethnicity.
“I would like to reiterate that while the current lines of inquiry are exhausted, we will never completely close this inquiry and I urge anyone with new information to contact us as a priority. We will review any information provided to us.
“We urge anyone who has been sexually abused of any kind to make contact via the non-emergency number, 101. You will be treated seriously, you will be given appropriate support from the police and partner agencies, and we will do so. all we can to fully investigate the case and bring those who commit such crimes to justice. “
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