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Grooming ‘epidemic’ as almost 19,000 children identified as sexual exploitation victims in England

Grooming ‘epidemic’ as almost 19,000 children identified as sexual exploitation victims in England

Country: 
United Kingdom (UK)
News Date: 
29/12/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Campaigners call for action as Sajid Javid’s promised review of grooming gang ‘characteristics’ absent from Queen's Speech

Almost 19,000 children have been sexually in England in the past year, according to official figures that have prompted warnings of an “epidemic”. Campaigners say the true figure is far higher and accused the government of failing to tackle child , despite promises made after high-profile cases in and Rochdale. More than 18,700 suspected victims of child sexual exploitation were identified by local authorities in 2018-19, up from 3,300 five years before.