Scandal leads to spike in identification of victims

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The child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham is one of the reasons for a spike in identified victims of child human trafficking, according to the National Crime Agency.

It says the number of British children identified as being trafficked for sex or forced labour has surged in the last year.

Last year 128 child victims were identified - a three-fold increase on the previous year.

Liam Vernon, head of the Human Trafficking Centre, said: “There’s more awareness through all the cases we’ve seen reported in the UK over the last three or four years.

“There’s more joined up and co-ordinated national policing and partnership work around child sexual exploitation in general.

“Trafficking is recruitment or movement in the case of a child for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation can include exploitation for prostitution, other forms of sex exploitation, forced labour, slavery, or servitude.”