Grooming Gangs: Police Ignored Mother’s Pleas to Find Charlene Because She Was Working Class

The mother of Charlene Downes, a 14-year-old Blackpool girl who police suspect was groomed for sex and it was allegedly ground up for kebab meat by her killers, believes her original pleas to find her daughter were ignored because she was working class.

“The police came but they just dismissed Charlene as a runaway. They wouldn’t put her picture in the paper or on TV. It was six weeks later that her disappearance was made public,” <a href=”https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6328531/Charlene-Downes-Blackpool-mother-claims-investigation-sidelined-working-class.html”>Karen Downes told the Daily Mail</a> in the run-up to the fifteenth anniversary of her daughter’s disappearance.

“When Madeleine McCann went missing it made headlines round the world overnight. Of course I feel dreadfully sorry for her parents. But was my daughter not worth the same? I can’t help feeling we were sidelined because we are uneducated and working class.” (The parents of Madeline McCann are both doctors.)

Similar complaints have been made survivors and families of young women and girls abused by Muslim grooming gangs in <a href=”http://www.greenteethmm.com/child-abuse-rotherham.shtml”>Rotherham</a&gt;, <a href=”a href=”http://www.greenteethmm.com/child-abuse-rochdale.shtml”>Rochdale</a&gt; and <a href=”http://www.greenteethmm.com/child-abuse-birmingham.shtml”>across the country</a>, who said that police dismissed their complaints because the young girls were seen as trouble-makers, runaways, and sometimes even child prostitutes <a href=”https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2018/03/16/police-memo-telford-girls-consented-sex-abuse-groomers/”>complicit in their own abuse</a>.

Charlene Downes, from the seaside resort, Blackpool, in north-west England, was 14 years old when she went missing. She was last seen on November 1st, 2003. Police oficers involved with the case have said investigators were certain Charlene was groomed by a gang of Muslim men for sexual exploitation and may have been raped by up to 100 men before she was murdered. If so it would conform to a pattern of sex crimes among immigrants communities from the same national and religious background that has been repeated in many British towns and cities.

Charlene’s body has never been found. While there is no proof of the suspicion that her remains were butchered and put in food for human consumption, there have been other cases, one which actually resulted in a <a href=”https://www.accringtonobserver.co.uk/news/local-news/murder-without-a-body-1266716″>successful prosecution,</a> of memvers of migrant communities being investigated for disposing of bodies in this way. Obviously the lack of victims’ remains has prevented many cases getting to court.

Years after the quest for Charlene’s killers collapsed, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that errors in gathering evidence had contributed to the collapse of suspects’ trials in 2007, with Lancashire Police being criticised and officers disciplined.

At the time of her disappearance, <a href=”https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-6328531/Charlene-Downes-Blackpool-mother-claims-investigation-sidelined-working-class.html”>Mrs Downes said</a> she was “so despairing of the lack of interest in Charlene” that she took to the streets herself to give out leaflet “night after night.”

In the course of investigations, there have been five arrests — the most recent in 2017, the suspect later released — and two trials but no convictions have been secured.