MP hears from child sex victims

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Victims of child sexual exploitation and trafficking spoke to a Rotherham MP about their experiences.

The victims were giving evidence to politicians in a closed session as part of an inquiry into the issue.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion is leading the inquiry, in partnership with children’s charity Barnardo’s.

The aim is to improve the response of authorities such as police and social services to the issue.

Sarah said: “The young people came to parliament from Barnardo’s services right across the country and were able to tell the cross-party panel at length about their experiences, as well as exactly how they had been treated by the police, as well as the other agencies which had been directly involved with them.

“To hear how the system let down these young people when they tried to get help was shocking.

“I have so much admiration for their bravery to come and tell their stories. Their only motivation was to prevent others from being exploited.

“This inquiry will shine a light on how effectively agencies in the UK are currently working to fight child sexual exploitation and trafficking.”