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Birmingham sex abuse victim was mum at 13 – and had FOUR children at 20

Birmingham woman was offered no help despite being seen by a string of healthcare workers, councillor tells inquiry

Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square
Birmingham Council House, Victoria Square

A child sex abuse victim had her first baby at 13 – and was a mother-of-four aged just 20.
And the woman, who fell pregnant by different men, was NEVER offered any help – despite being seen by a string of social workers, doctors and midwives.
Her shocking ordeal only came to light when her father turned to a councillor for help with a housing overcrowding problem.
The 20-year-old had been forced to move back in with him amid warnings from social workers that her children would otherwise be taken into care.
Coun Jess Phillips (Lab, Longbridge) raised the alarm using her expertise from her day job as a manager with the Women’s Aid charity.
Speaking at a council inquiry into child abuse, she said: “I asked how old the children were, she had the oldest one when she was 13.
“It was then the alarm bells rang.
“I saw the father and he said he had never been given any support.
“His daughter had been seen by social workers, doctors, midwives and nobody else picked this up.
“This is because I have been trained to open my eyes and never look away.”
No more details of the woman’s ordeal were given.
But the astonishing revelation is the latest child sex scandal to rock Birmingham.
Last month, the Mail revealed the city council ‘buried’ a report linking Asian private hire drivers to child sexual exploitation victims 23 years ago.
Researcher Dr Jill Jesson was asked by the authority to look at the issue of child prostitution involving girls in care in 1990.
But she was ordered to remove all references linking ethnicity and the private hire trade when she presented her draft findings to a steering group.
And her full amended final report was never published.
In a separate case, the teenage victim of a ten-man grooming gang is considering lodging a demand for damages from them in the wake of her ordeal.
All ten are from Birmingham and were last month hit with injunctions banning them from contacting the vulnerable 17-year-old, who is in the city council’s care.
Coun Phillips told the inquiry that figures in authority needed to be vigilant to identify victims of sexual abuse – especially as many youngsters caught up in the vile trade did not see the harm being inflicted on them.
Councillors and other authority staff will be given training to identify child exploitation in the wake of a report into the issue, called We Have To Get it Right.
Birmingham’s 7,000 taxi drivers will also receive training to become what has been termed the “eyes and ears of the city” in tackling abuse.
There was cross-party support for the measures.
Coun Guy Roberts (Con, Sutton New Hall) warned: “If we don’t get it right we will end up with another Rotherham.”

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