Three Girls is based on the experiences of the girls who were groomed in Rochdale in the five years between 2008 and 2012, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were groomed, how they were ignored by the authorities directly responsible for protecting them, and how they eventually made themselves heard.
New to the area, Holly is keen to make friends but finds herself drawn into a frightening world she is unable to escape - a world all too familiar to sexual health worker Sara. As her relationship with her family fractures, Holly finds the courage to speak out, but will her nightmare finally end?
With her pleas previously ignored, Sara is both relieved and unsurprised when the true extent of the abuse and betrayal is finally uncovered. Can Maggie and the police team persuade the girls to revisit the horror they suffered? And what does that do to the fragile lives they have struggled to rebuild?