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Campaign to better protect children from sexual exploitation

Hotels, shops and restaurants are being targeted in a new campaign to better protect children from being sexually exploited.

It is after a number of high-profile cases of child-grooming including one in Derby, where a gang of men were jailed after sexually abusing young girls across the region, and one in Shropshire, where two brothers were jailed after sexually abusing vulnerable young girls.

The patterns of exploitation and profile of offenders vary from one area to another.

But across the country children are being groomed, trafficked and exploited in locations such as hotels, pubs, takeaways and other premises.

Preventing child sexual exploitation is everybody's business, not just the police or social workers.

It is important to work with the hospitality industry, so that their employees are confident in recognising the signs of exploitation and can help keep vulnerable children safe.

– Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children Society

Two year inquiry into child sexual exploitation

Results from a two year inquiry into child sexual exploitation reveal 2,409 children and young people became victims between August 2010 and October 2011.

Thousands of children are being sexually exploited each year by gangs and groups across England.

This comes after eight men were jailed for up to seven years back in September for targeting young girls in Derby.

Michael Sibert reports.

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Almost 2,500 children sexually exploited

Thousands of children are being sexually exploited each year by gangs and groups in England, according to an interim report.

Figures have shown that 2,409 children and young people were confirmed victims between August 2010 and October 2011.

A further 16,500 children were at 'high risk' of sexual exploitation between April 2010 and March 2011.

The report comes after nine Asian men who groomed white girls as young as 13 in Rochdale with drink and drugs were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court in May.

The reality is that each year thousands of children in England are raped and abused by people seeking to humiliate, violate and control them.

– sue berelowitz, deputy children's commissioner

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