Workers at a Kurdish car wash are suspected of grooming young white British girls
A police raid on five car washes in Hartlepool also revealed a secret room with beds.
The Barnardo’s report, called Child Sexual Exploitation on Teesside, claimed the car washes are a hub for trafficking girls in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees.
There was evidence of young people being moved between areas for the purposes of exploitation
“One worker reported, ‘I have seen the same girl from Stockton in two different car washes.’ There was evidence of young people being moved between areas for the purposes of exploitation.”
The report said Kurds were singling out girls absconding from care homes.
A police raid on five car washes in Hartlepool also revealed a secret room with beds
The report adds: “There were also reports of suspected organised grooming, with the same males being associated with different young white British females who were passed on to other groups in other areas.”
Barnardo’s spokesman Jo Hewitt said: “Children are most vulnerable to sexual exploitation between the ages of 13 and 15, but younger victims are being targeted all the time.”