Barnardo's chief: 'Drastic changes' needed to bring abusers to justice

The chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's has welcomed the sentencing of nine men for child sexual exploitation today but warned there needed to be "drastic changes" to the law.

Thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation are being let down by the system. They are being failed twice; once by the failure to prevent them becoming victims in the first place and again by the failure to punish their abusers and secure justice.

We need to see drastic changes to make sure the abusers who control such vulnerable children for sex and personal gain are brought to book.

РAnne Marie Carrie, Barnardo’s chief executive


Nine men jailed over grooming

Nine men have been sentenced to between four and 19 years in jail after being found guilty of being part of a child sexual exploitation ring involving vulnerable girls.