“My evil mother gave me to the paedophiles ring when I was only nine.”


Survivor of child sex abuse has spoken out about how his homophobic mother voluntarily placed him in care, where he was raped. “hundreds of men”.

Richie Barlow (39), was tortured by her sadistic father, who beat and beat her. “pour fairy liquid and chilli powder down his throat”Just starting at the age of 4, “because he was gay”.

He was nine years old when he was handed to her by the Nottinghamshire County Council. “a predator”Outing his sexuality and responsibilities to the children and caregivers.

Richie was abused, beaten and trafficked to a ring of paedophiles where he was repeatedly molested. But Richie claims neither the police nor care home staff listened when he pleaded for help.

Today Richie’s mum is deceased but he was given £40,000 and a letter of apology from Nottinghamshire County Council, which until last year, claimed it never had “a duty of care”Because he was given over “voluntarily”By his mother, 30 years ago.

Richie spoke to the Mirror, bravely waiving anonymity and said: “Even in my earliest memories, my mum beat me and tortured me for being gay.

“At the tender age of four, I realized that I was different from my peers.

“I was imprisoned in my bedroom with no access to the toilet, no blankets or pillows and no food for days on end.

“I was nine years old when I was placed in care. For the first two weeks, I felt like I was in heaven.

“For the first time ever I had a bed and food and a warm roof over my head.”

His mum visited him two weeks later and baselessly accused him for terrible crimes. “forced”Richie forced Richie to accept that he was homosexual.

“That was the beginning of my nightmare,”He said.

“I was beaten within an inch of my life constantly, I was raped, I was trafficked.”

Richie’s admission occurred at the same time that Margaret Thatcher’s government introduced Section 28 an act which enacts legislation. “prohibited the promotion of homosexuality”.

It made the UK hostile and dangerous for LGBT people, who were not considered to be gay. “victims”But as “subhuman”, Richie says.

He claims that over four years he lived in two care homes and was sexually assaulted, beaten, and trafficked into a paedophile network where he says he was abused repeatedly by hundreds of men.

He claimed that he was forced into complicity in crimes by people who were abusing his child and threatened to execute him if he did not do what they told him.

He claims that despite his desperate pleas to the police and care home staff, his appeals were ignored.

Richie said: “I was beaten almost to death if I didn’t do as they said. I was sexually assaulted at knife point.

“I recall being taken to Nottingham centre, and later taken to a handler’s home and presented to him.

“Everywhere I went, I was telling them what was happening to me, the police knew about it, the staff knew about it and they wouldn’t do anything about it.”

Richie was finally released from the clutches by his abusers, who eventually freed him by dragging the boy along in an arson plot. He was then moved to a secure unit at the court.

He survived the ordeal thanks to Anna, his foster mother, and Pauline, his case worker. Now, he runs a successful dog walking business in Yarm (North Yorkshire) with Ben.

A brave survivor even wrote an autobiography called “Richie – Who Cares?” The book will be available for purchase at the beginning of next month.

Richie decided to change the narrative of care for children who are vulnerable three years ago, as he was able to unpack his trauma with Ben’s help.

He said he was shocked and felt overwhelmed. “victim-blamed”When he was told by the council that he had “sought” the company of his abusers.

The Mirror received a letter from the council-appointed legal firm ‘Weightmans to Richie’s solicitors. Nottingamshire County Council, (NCC), claimed that Richie had been in their care. “voluntarily”.

It also adds: “As a general rule, local authorities do not owe a duty of care of children to protect them from harm caused by others.

“However, there is an exception to the general rule in cases where there is a Care Order.

“We would add that even if there were a duty of care owed, it would not have been breached.

“The alleged abuse is by either your client’s peers, or by members of the public with whom your client sought contact.

“Your client positively rejected assistance offered by both the police and our client at the time.”

After a lengthy legal battle to obtain his records of care, Richie’s casework revealed that the council knew about 26 instances of abuse but did not take any action.

Richie said: “When I got my records it was absolutely damning.

“They acknowledged what had happened, but didn’t accept responsibility.

“Seeing it written down in black and white, exactly what had happened to me to the letter was hard to look at.”

In February 2021, Richie finally received an apology from the council and compensation for his ordeal, settling out of court for £40,000.

Colin Pettigrew, NCC Corporate Director for Children’s Services, wrote: “My purpose in writing is to apologise to you for the abuse you experienced as a child within our care.

“You were young when you were admitted to the care system. It is obvious that you were not protected from harm.”

Now Richie wants to use some of the proceeds from his book to set up a charity for vulnerable children in care to ensure that no one else is ever subjected to the same abuse.

He said: “It’s amazing that I survived. There were so many ways I could have been killed.

“I do feel like I have offloaded by writing this book but ultimately the only thing I want out of it is to protect people and show people what bigotry can do.

“Because nobody cared about my welfare, Section 28 ultimately caused my abuse. I don’t want anyone else to have that experience.

“Before I met Ben I felt like I was in survival mode, I wasn’t really living, it’s because of him that I’m living my life and I’m happy.”

The council today claims it has developed services for historic and modern victims of abuse and encourages anyone who is in need to speak up.

Colin Pettigrew from the NCC stated: “I am genuinely sorry for the abuse Mr Barlow suffered while he was a child in our care in the ‘90s and I have both written and spoken to him to apologise. He should have been safe from harm and this was not the case, this is a matter of deep regret to the County Council.

“This council has worked to reduce the time taken to settle claims and we are committed to ensuring victims and survivors of sexual abuse have access to appropriate ongoing support services.

“The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care is our utmost priority. I would urge anyone with information about alleged abuse, however long ago, to come forward. They will be listened to.”

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