Children need new laws to break the cycle of exploitation

Over 21,000 children have been referred since 2016.
Only 185 prosecutions have taken place.

While more than 21,000 children have been referred for support as potential victims since 2016¹ following the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act, only 185 prosecutions have taken place under the legislation. Only half of these were successful.

  • We encourage ministers to consider introducing an offence of coercion and control of a child for exploitation. They need to better equip all agencies to work together to protect children and build evidence to prosecute those who exploit them earlier in the grooming process.

Find out more about our work tackling child exploitation.



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The Children's Society

The Children's Society

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