Child sex trafficking in UK on the rise with even younger victims targeted

The trafficking of British children around UK cities for sexual exploitation is on the increase with some as young as 10 being groomed by predatory abusers, a report reveals today.

The average age of victims of such abuse has fallen from 15 to about 13 in five years, according to the report by Barnardo’s, the UK’s biggest children’s charity.

But victims continue to be missed as telltale signs are overlooked from the frontline of children’s services to the corridors of Whitehall, said Anne Marie Carrie, the charity’s new chief executive — via

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