Call to make exploitation of children offence in law

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An offence of child exploitation should be enshrined in law after the Rotherham scandal, a town MP has said.

Currently there is no specific offence in statute that addresses the exploitation of children.

MP Sarah Champion has asked the Government to enshrine the offence as part of the Modern Slavery Bill, which is currently being considered.

She told the committee of the Modern Slavery Bill: “We have an opportunity here to put the slate right by saying that we recognise that child exploitation exists in its own right, rather than as part of a string of other offences.

“By doing so we would recognise the vulnerability of exploited children.

“We would recognise that perpetrators are preying on precisely the vulnerability that comes with youth.”