Star Opinion: Pills won’t solve Child Sex Exploitation problem

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Providing the morning-after pill to girls as young as 14 needs to be extremely closely monitored.

The pills are to be offered free to girls aged 14 to 15 in Rotherham – with pharmacists trained to spot victims of sexual exploitation.

Currently teenage girls and women over 16 can get the emergency contraception free of charge in the town. While the intention may seem laudable it is worrying that this scheme is even necessary.

Sex with a girl or boy under the age of 16 is illegal in the UK.

Those over the age of 16 should be under no illusions that if they have sex with someone under the age of consent they will be breaking the law.

If the girl is aged under 14 then it is considered statutory rape.

There can be very few adults in this country who don’t know these laws.

Education in schools should also reinforce the age of consent laws.

The men in the Rotherham child sex exploitation (CSE) cases have no excuses. If their identities are known then they should be arrested and prosecuted.

Addressing the outcome of CSE means a crime has already been committed. The responsibility in this matter lies with the adults and not the children.