The teenage daughter abandoned by paedophile Gary Glitter works 84-hour weeks in a poultry factory as child labourer
- Gary Glitter’s daughter endures 12-hour shifts in factory seven days a week
- Truc Ly, now 17, has been working as a child labourer since she was 14
The daughter of paedophile pop star Gary Glitter deserted in Vietnam has been working as a child labourer since she was 14.
Truc Ly, now 17, endures gruelling 12-hour shifts in a poultry factory seven days a week.
Her plight is in stark contrast to the luxury life her multi-millionaire father, 78, is soon set to enjoy when he is freed from jail. He is expected to be let out of The Verne prison in Portland, Dorset, in the coming weeks after serving half a 16-year sentence for sex offences.
Truc Ly’s mother Tran Thi Kim Oanh said: ‘He should take responsibility and help her, but I don’t think he ever will.’
The daughter of paedophile pop star Gary Glitter deserted in Vietnam has been working as a child labourer since she was 14
Truc Ly, now 17, endures gruelling 12-hour shifts in a poultry factory seven days a week. Her plight is in stark contrast to the luxury life her multi-millionaire father, 78, is soon set to enjoy when he is freed from jail. He is expected to be let out of The Verne prison in Portland, Dorset, in the coming weeks after serving half a 16-year sentence for sex offences
Truc Ly said: ‘I miss my school and my friends but it’s too late for me to go back to school even if I wanted to. I just want to look after my mum now.”
Asked about pastimes, Truc Ly said: ‘I don’t have time. I’m always working. I get up, I work, I eat, I shower, then go to bed at 9pm.’
She works at an industrial complex near the Cambodian border, doing all the overtime she can and giving half her salary to her mother in child labour that was illegal until she turned 17 last month.
Teachers said Truc Ly was destined for university but she dropped out at 12 when her family could no longer afford school fees.
She moved 300 miles to work alongside her mother at the factory, using a forged ID card to secure her job three years ago.
She sticks labels on packets of processed chicken, some for British stores, from 7am to 7pm daily. Her mother Oanh, a former bar girl, was Glitter’s girlfriend before he was jailed in Vietnam in 2006 for molesting girls aged ten and 11.
He had been arrested after The Mail on Sunday confronted him and reported him to police. He was freed in 2008 and returned to Britain, where he was jailed again in 2015 for child sex abuse dating back to the 1970s
He severed contact with heavily pregnant Oanh, then 24, when she asked him to pay her maternity bills weeks before his arrest, sending her home by bus with a bundle of banknotes worth £100.
He did not respond to her letters asking him to take a DNA test and pay for Truc Ly to stay at school.
Oanh had a Vietnamese boyfriend at the time she was sleeping with Glitter but he took one look at Truc Ly in hospital and walked out on her, saying: ‘That’s not my baby. She looks like a Westerner.’
After Glitter was jailed in Britain in 2015, Oanh wrote another unanswered letter asking him to pay for her to stay on in school, saying: ‘You would be very proud of her.’
When he walks free from jail, Glitter faces compensation claims from the women he raped as young girls in Vietnam 18 years ago.
One victim, Ms D, who was ten when he raped her, had agreed for two children’s charities to hire lawyers to pursue a High Court compensation claim against him.
A second victim, Nguyen, who was 11 when abused, wants to join any action for compensation.
Speaking at her parents’ home in Vung Tau, Vietnam, near the seafront villa where Glitter molested her, she said she was still traumatised by her ordeal and unable to marry because of the stigma.
‘Everyone asks me about what Gary Glitter did to me,’ she wept. ‘I want him to pay compensation because he has destroyed my life.
‘I still see him in nightmares. I can never forget what happened. I will carry it with me for the rest of my life.’
Glitter, born Paul Gadd, has property holdings including a £2 million central London flat which is nominally owned by a limited company controlled by a former associate.
He also receives digital streaming royalties adding up to thousands of pounds each month.
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