UK: The towns where exploiting children ‘is the new normal’

Child sexual exploitation has become the ‘social norm’ in some towns, a report warns today.

Schoolgirls are routinely being approached by much older men who ply them with alcohol, drugs and gifts as a way of grooming them for sex, says the study commissioned by police.

Figures in the report suggested almost 650 children reported missing in towns across Greater Manchester in 2014 were at risk of child sexual exploitation or serious harm.

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