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.
– sue berelowitz, deputy children's commissioner
The reality is that each year thousands of children in England are raped and abused by people seeking to humiliate, violate and control them.