At 14, Sammy Woodhouse met 24 year old Arshid Hussain whilst she was out with her friends. He took a shining to her and began showering her with gifts, turning up in his flashy car and making her feel wanted, something most teenage girls want once they reach secondary school.
As it turned out, Hussain was merely grooming Sammy who before long, became one of the estimated 1510 victims of sexual abuse in Rotherham between the years of 1997 and 2013. Hussain, along with the remaining members of his grooming gang was sentenced to 35 years in prison. Sammy, now 32, is a mother to two boys & continually campaigning against the growing trend of grooming gangs in the UK.
Her book, Just a Child, details her full ordeal at the hands of the Pakistani gang who used and abused predominantly White girls in the South Yorkshire town. Sammy was kind enough to answer some questions for us at Defend Europa.
You can follow Sammy on Twitter @sammywoodhouse1 and her book “Just a Child” is available here