January 6th 2015
Campaigning MP Ann Coffey will today (Tuesday January 6) table a series of amendments to the Serious Crime Bill to remove all references to child prostitution from legislation.
Ms Coffey said the term ‘child prostitute’ is an outdated insult to victims and that there has never been a better time than now to consign it to the history books in the wake of the shocking Rochdale and Rotherham cases.
She said: “There is no such thing as a child prostitute – only a sexually abused or exploited child.
5th January 2015
Below is Ann’s speech at the Second Reading of the Serious Crime Bill, January 5th 2015.
The Serious Crime Bill is an opportunity for Parliament to remove all references to child prostitution from legislation. Britain should lead the world in outlawing the term.
This would send out a powerful and unequivocal message in the wake of the shocking high profile street grooming cases in Derby, Rotherham, Rochdale, Telford, Oxford and Stockport, that there is no such thing as a child prostitute – only a sexually abused or exploited child.
3 December 2014
Fourteen thousand Greater Manchester children are frequently missing from school which can leave them at risk of sexual exploitation, according to Ann Coffey MP.
Ms Coffey called in the Commons this week for all local authorities to hold central ‘persistent absence lists’ which could be cross referenced by police, education welfare officers and children’s services in order to identify young people at risk and spot patterns of local child sexual exploitation.