Drugs gangs targeting vulnerable children in Greater Manchester
Ann Coffey MP warned today that vulnerable children in Greater Manchester are being targeted by violent criminal gangs to transport and sell drugs across the country.
Speaking in a House of Commons adjournment debate on ‘County Lines’, Ms Coffey said that children in children’s homes and Pupil Referral Units were being groomed and used by gangs. She urged anyone who suspected this was happening in their community to report it to Greater Manchester Police.
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.
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.