Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by British Pakistani men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.
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Series cast summary:
Molly Windsor ...  Holly Winshaw 3 episodes, 2017
Ria Zmitrowicz Ria Zmitrowicz ...  Amber Bowen 3 episodes, 2017
Liv Hill Liv Hill ...  Ruby Bowen 3 episodes, 2017
Paul Kaye ...  Jim Winshaw 3 episodes, 2017
Rupert Procter Rupert Procter ...  DC Jack Harrop 3 episodes, 2017
Antonio Aakeel ...  Immy 3 episodes, 2017
Ross Anderson ...  PC Richard Bryan / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Jill Halfpenny ...  Julie Winshaw 3 episodes, 2017
Wasim Zakir Wasim Zakir ...  Tariq 3 episodes, 2017
Zee Sulleyman Zee Sulleyman ...  Billy 3 episodes, 2017
Simon Nagra ...  Daddy 3 episodes, 2017
Maxine Peake ...  Sara Rowbotham 3 episodes, 2017
Naomi Radcliffe ...  Yvonne 3 episodes, 2017
Lisa Riley Lisa Riley ...  Lorna Bowen 3 episodes, 2017
Jason Hughes ...  DC Sandy Guthrie / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Satnam Bhogal ...  Car Zero / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Lesley Sharp ...  DC Margaret Oliver 3 episodes, 2017
Peter Singh ...  Mr. Nadin / ... 3 episodes, 2017
Tony Billington Tony Billington ...  Street dweller 3 episodes, 2017
Brian Fletcher Brian Fletcher ...  Elliot Young 2 episodes, 2017
Kerrie Hayes ...  DC Nina Prentiss 2 episodes, 2017
Bo Bragason ...  Rachel Winshaw 2 episodes, 2017
Katherine Pearce Katherine Pearce ...  Emily Stone 2 episodes, 2017
Ace Bhatti ...  Nazir Afzal 2 episodes, 2017
Haider Mohammed Javed Haider Mohammed Javed ...  Saj 2 episodes, 2017
Ellie Lightfoot Ellie Lightfoot ...  Zoe 2 episodes, 2017
Tebraiz Shahzad ...  Tiger 2 episodes, 2017
Alison Reid Alison Reid ...  GCSE Teacher 2 episodes, 2017
Dean Ashton Dean Ashton ...  Arresting Police Officer / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Perveen Hussain Perveen Hussain ...  Aisha / ... 2 episodes, 2017
Paul Blackwell Paul Blackwell ...  Police officer 2 episodes, 2017
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Based on three young girls who were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by British Pakistani men in Rochdale and of the failure of the authorities to do anything about it.

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16 May 2017 (UK) See more »

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Three Girls: Warum glaubt uns niemand? See more »

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Studio Lambert,BBC Studios See more »
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(3 episodes)

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Some scenes filmed in same area as used for Five Daughters (2010), Knowle West, Bristol. See more »

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Fragile
25 May 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Three Girls looked at the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal that saw nine men of a Pakistani background convicted of child abuse offences in 2012.

The drama focuses on rebellious Holly arrived in Rochdale, she has being having arguments with her parents and befriends naive but rebellious sisters, Amber and Ruby.

Through them they encounter a group of Asian men in takeaways where they get free food, fags and booze but in reality are getting groomed to be sexually abused by them.

Maxine Peake plays sexual health worker Sara Rowbotham who sees these young girls and keeps track of who they are seeing and going out with. To her this grooming thing is nothing new and has happened previously. Warning the police has done little. No one believes the girls who are just seen as troublemakers and promiscuous.

Eventually it takes a policewoman such as DC Oliver (Lesley Sharpe) who felt that the system let the girls down and head prosecutor Nazir Ali (Ace Bhatti) who believed the girls were telling the truth and saw a case for the prosecution.

The final episode concentrates on the court case as each men have their own defence team cross examining the girls.

The aftermath of the court case is anger between the white communities, who thought their young girls were being exploited and the Asian communities who felt they were being tarred with the same brush over the action of a few.

In 2012 the late ex-Rochdale MP Cyril Smith was being investigated for sexually abusing boys many decades earlier. It really does seem sexual exploitation is less to do with race but more of a system that lets down the victims.

The drama was well acted, harrowing, it did not flinch from the racial angle.


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