14th January 2015
Teachers are on the frontline on the fight against child sexual exploitation, Ann Coffey MP said in a lecture at Manchester University today.
The campaigning MP told 400 trainee and newly qualified teachers at an Inclusion and Social Justice Conference at the University:
“You can make a difference to children’s lives by helping to raise awareness of the issue and recognising the importance of changing attitudes and culture.
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Ms Coffey said the term ‘child prostitute’ is an outdated insult to victims and that there has never been a better time than now to consign it to the history books in the wake of the shocking Rochdale and Rotherham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.