Shameless mother allowed gang of men rape her 10-year-old daughter for money
By Mirror | February 4th 2015
Dublin, Ireland: A mum has been arrested over claims she allowed her young daughter to be raped by a gang of men from the age of four.
The girl, who is now 10, told detectives that she was repeatedly sexually abused over a five-year period by different men, leading to the arrests of seven people.
Seven people were arrested last week over the alleged abuse of the 10-year-old, whose parents are Lithuanian.
Two women, including the alleged victim’s mum and her uncle, were among those questioned by detectives on Wednesday night.
A security source said: “This is one of the worst examples of alleged child abuse that officers have ever encountered. It is absolutely horrific. On a scale of one to 10 this ranks at around a 20.”
The Irish Mirror has learned the young girl was taken into care last year by the HSE.
And during interviews with child psychologists she claimed she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a number of men when she was aged between four and nine.
The child was living with her mother in South Dublin at the time the attacks took place.
She told gardai she was brought by her mother to a number of houses where she was forced by different men to perform horrific sex acts.
Gardai have been unable to establish if money was exchanged. Although the alleged abuse began when the girl was four, officers believe the worst attacks took place when she was aged between six and nine.
Gardai arrested the seven people early on Wednesday in Dublin and Wexford.
The two women are aged in their 40s and the five men are ranging in ages from 19 to 47.
The second woman is believed to be a pal of the child’s mother and both are being questioned over allegations they facilitated the abuse.
Four of the men are Eastern European while the fifth man is a UK national.
They are currently being detained in a number of stations in the South Dublin area and can be held for up to 24 hours.
Caroline O’Sullivan, Director of Services with the Irish Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said cases like this can be reassuring for young abuse victims as it will encourage more of them to speak out.
She added: “Children are seeing this and the one very positive thing about this happening is that children see that there is a response.
“That a child has been taken seriously, that there has been an arrest. That the child has been believed and it might give them the courage to come forward.
“The big concern a lot of parents have is how can they protect their children. And what we would say is we’re all human, we can only do so much.
“But what we can do is teach our children around unwanted touching and teasing and whatever.
“We are very slow as parents to do that in Ireland.
“We are very quick to teach our children how to stay safe crossing the road and how to stay safe in loads of different ways but when it comes to sexual abuse, very often parents want to avoid even discussing that.”
Ms O’Sullivan urged parents to use simple and age appropriate language when speaking about the subject.
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