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Everything must be done to tackle scourge of sexual exploitation - Jennifer McCann

8 November, 2011 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer McCann has expressed deep concern at the findings in Barnardo's Safe Choices report that exposes the level of sexual exploitation of children and young people in or missing from care.

Jennifer McCann said:

"The findings in this report are very disturbing.Children and young people in care are already very vulnerable and for predators to specifically target them for sexual exploitation is despicable.

“This report highlights what is going on and now it is imperative for the Executive to act to ensure those children who are exposed to this crime are protected and the perpetrators face the full rigours of the law.

“We are living in a society where each day we hear more and more of how predators are targeting children and young people for sexual exploitation.Many of these children feel isolated and have no one to turn to.

“All of us have a responsibility to protect children and young people and give them the confidence to come forward when this is happening to them. We all must ensure that everything is done to tackle this scourge and that children and young people are kept safe from sexual predators."

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