Sunday 18 August 2019

Coronation Street to shock as Bethany Platt becomes entwined in sex ring after falling in love with pimp

Bethany Platt, played by Lucy Fallon, will become involved with a dangerous individual in the show in 2017
Bethany Platt, played by Lucy Fallon, will become involved with a dangerous individual in the show in 2017
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Coronation Street is getting set to start the New Year with a bang after details of an upcoming storyline featuring a Manchester sex ring have been leaked.

The storyline is set to have 16-year-old Bethany Platt at its centre as she falls for a new older boyfriend who is grooming her for the sex industry.

The teenager is flattered by the attention, but soon finds herself being taken advantage of, in a storyline which writers say was inspired by real-life horrors.

According to The Sun, a producer said: “This storyline was not undertaken lightly, it was the subject of discussions among the show’s writers and bosses.

“But in the end they agreed that, while controversial, it was very important. We know Bethany’s very popular with girl viewers and hope to make them aware of the risks of this situation.

“The really sinister element is that, while viewers will be aware Bethany’s boyfriend is bad news, she’ll have no idea. Hopefully that will resonate.”

Bethany’s storyline is set to begin early next year and soap bosses have revealed that they are working closely with relevant child protection charities to make sure the story is accurate and realistic.

“We want to make sure what we air is as realistic as possible.”

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