A woman has waived her right to lifelong anonymity to allege that a well-known politician was part of a VIP paedophile ring that sexually abused children in the Staffordshire countryside in the 1980s and 90s.
Esther Baker (32) said the politician was in a group whose influential members routinely abused young girls in Cannock Chase – as uniformed police officers stood guard.
In an interview with the Guardian Baker said she had identified several of her abusers – including the politician – to police – after summoning the courage to speak out.
‘I’ve spoken out because I hope witnesses will come forward’ she said. ‘I know what it’s like to be the first one to come out and speak about it – it’s scary but I felt almost forced to come forward to protect myself. Once it’s out there there’s no point them trying to shut me up’.
Baker’s alleged abusers are among more than 1,400 suspects – including 261 high-profile individuals – being investigated as part of an unprecedented nationwide police operation stretching back decades.
Baker, who lives in Liverpool – has given graphic and detailed testimony to detectives in interviews spanning 33 hours. A further 18 hours of evidence-giving has been planned – with detectives considering taking her back to Cannock Chase where she was abused over 20 years ago.
The 32-year-old broke her silence in an interview with Sky News on Tuesday morning. Since it aired she has been inundated with support from fellow child abuse survivors.
Baker told the Guardian she was first abused by the politician when she was around six years old. Working with police – she has established that the abuse continued until she was at least 11.
Detectives have been told that the politician – who is still alive and of the current political era — would make her sit on his knee while she played the piano and on other occasions sexually abused her on Cannock Chase fields. He cannot be named for legal reasons.
She says she believes a lord and a judge were also involved because their titles would be mentioned while the attacks were taking place. ‘I was brought up in a religious household and … I thought they were on God’s authority’ – she said.