A WORRIED mother today revealed how she had seen her 16-year-old daughter groomed for sex by older men in Huddersfield.
And now she has asked: Who can help me?
Her anguished tale comes in the wake of investigations into claims that a group of teenage girls are being groomed.
The families of five young Huddersfield girls are fearful and say they are getting no help from the police or social services.
One of the girls was forced to move away from the area for her own safety.
And it is believed that two of the girls have been sexually abused by the men, who ply them all with alcoholic drinks.
The mother of one schoolgirl has spoken of her fear for her 16-year-old daughter and asked for more help.
The 40-year-old mother, who lives in Marsh, said: “We were mortified when we found out what was happening.
“I was so naive, I didn’t think anything like that could happen to her.
“It sometimes feel like I am banging my head against a wall trying to get this to stop.
“It’s so hard for us all. It has taken over all our lives.
“But I’ll never stop because she’s my daughter.
“I knew the person she was before all this and she was totally different to how she is now. It’s sad to see.”
The problems started last November when the girl, then aged 15, started going out more and changed her appearance.
Her family were told by police that she had been seen getting into cars with older Asian men and had been given alcoholic drinks and cigarettes by them.
The girl admitted that the men had taken her to a house in Thornton Lodge.
One at least three occasions, she fell asleep and could not remember what had happened.
It wasn’t until the police told the families it seemed like the girls were being groomed that they realised the shocking extent of what was happening.
The mother added: “I was getting messages saying ‘we know where you are and we are coming to get you’ and I found them scary.
“My heart was racing thinking that’s what they were sending my daughter.
“Now she is 16 the police say there is nothing they can do, but that seems very wrong to me.”
The girl’s parents have often sat in Thornton Lodge and Greenhead Park at night in a bid to gather evidence against the men grooming the young girls.
They have given police car registration numbers, names and information but so far no one has been arrested over the alleged grooming.
She is now pushing for a meeting with police, social services and charity Coalition for the Removal of Pimping (CROP) in a bid to stop the problem for good.
“Quite frankly I think we’ve lost our daughters to these men,” the concerned mum added.
“We still adore our daughter very much and will do anything for her but we feel that we are failing her by not doing enough.”
In March West Yorkshire Police revealed they were tracking a sophisticated ring of pimps targeting young girls.
They said men were befriending the youngsters, plying them with drink and drugs then offering them for sex.
Sarah Lloyd, from CROP, said: “Gathering information about them is a really big job, but essential. “There is only one missing persons officer in Kirklees police, who is doing her best, but we need more support.
“The victims are so vulnerable. They believe they love these men and the men love them in return, but they are still just children and don’t know they are being exploited.”