Exploitation is a ‘hidden crime’

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Leading children’s charity Barnardo’s is asking South Yorkshire candidates for the new police and crime commissioners to commit to prioritising tackling the hidden crime of child sexual exploitation.

Ahead of November’s police commissioner elections, Barnardo’s supporters are being encouraged to ask candidates to pledge support to the charity’s Cut Them Free campaign, which is now backed by most of the local authorities in Yorkshire including Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster councils.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie said: “Children around the UK are being exploited for sex.

“It is a blight on all our communities.

“We must all make stopping this abuse an absolute priority. Police and Crime Commissioners will be central to making sure this happens everywhere.”