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Child sexual exploitation - the silent victims

25 November 2014

Child sexual exploitation is fast becoming a phrase that we are accustomed to hearing. More information surrounding the exploitation of nearly 1,400 children in the Yorkshire area appears on an almost daily basis. The latest victim to speak out highlights the difficulties agencies face in exposing exploitation involving Asian victims. How can we protect children when family honour forces victims to suffer in silence?

The unfortunate reality is that it is likely that this abuse was not limited to one area. It is expected that victims will come forward across the country, especially given the media attention focused on the topic. Practitioners will no doubt say we should be concerned about those who do not come forward – how many victims are too scared to come forward? How many are so worried about protecting their family name and honour that they will not speak out?

Some very skilled and complex child protection strategies will be required in future to address these issues.

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