April 9th 2019
I asked the Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport, whether he had conversations with the Home Secretary to make Catfishing a criminal offence.
Catfishing is when somebody’s identity is stolen and used to groom victims online. This can be both for sexual and financial gain. There has been a huge growth in dating sites, these online platforms have a responsibility to make more effort to identify catfishers and sexual predators which would make their sites safer for users.
Catfishing can leave the victims traumatised and often has devastating consequences as I first discovered when local constituent Matt Peacock told me that his images had been used by a catfish to exploit vulnerable women online. Since then I have been campaigning to make catfishing illegal.
MPs will today launch a Parliamentary inquiry into the record numbers of children who go missing after being ‘farmed out’ to live in children’s homes miles away.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults is concerned that there is growing evidence that a ‘sent away generation’ of vulnerable youngsters are in danger of falling prey to paedophiles and drugs gangs.
One thousand more individual children in out of area placements have gone missing from children’s homes since 2015, according to new Department for Education figures released today by Ann Coffey MP, who will chair the inquiry.
This has more than doubled from 990 in 2015 to 1,990 in 2018 and compares to a 31 per cent increase for children who go missing from children’s homes within their own borough.