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.
– Anne Marie Carrie, Barnardo’s chief executive
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.