Three Girls: who is Sara Rowbotham? The sexual health worker hero behind the Rochdale scandal

Three Girls, a powerful new true crime drama based on the 2012 Rochdale sex abuse scandal, has earned rave reviews from the critics. The BBC One show stars Maxine Peake as a sexual health worker whose warnings about the exploitation of young girls in the area repeatedly fell on deaf ears. But who was the real whistleblower who inspired Peake’s character?

Who is Sara Rowbotham?


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  • Editor

    I hope all the commenters on the TV series are still as outraged when the next council elections come around.

  • tom_billesley

    “Three girls”. A much less alarming title than “Fourteen hundred girls”, isn’t it?