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Concern over internal trafficking of children, 13/01/13 [W/E/NI/S]

Children’s charity Barnardo’s is calling for more protection for young people, following an 84% rise in the number of sexually exploited children reporting having been trafficked in 2012.

The number of sexually exploited children known to Barnardo’s rose by 22 per cent to 1,452 in the UK last year and 37 per cent during the past three years. This amounts to 1 in 2 children in Wales, and 1 in 4 across the UK.

Barnardo’s is particularly concerned at the number of children being trafficked within the UK for sexual exploitation.

The charity’s ‘Cut them free’ campaign aims to highlight and tackle the sexual exploitation of children, and is now in its third year. The campaign is calling on Government and police forces to do more, and focus on ending this crime.

Read the full press release from Barnardo’s here.