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Children as young as 10 'groomed for sex by gangs'

Children as young as 10 are being sexually exploited by organised gangs of men in cities across the UK, a leading charity says.

Barnardo's says it is working with more than 1,000 children who have been groomed, abused and trafficked for money, and the problem is growing.

It says a specific minister must be given formal responsibility for tackling the issue.

The organisation's new chief executive, Anne Marie Carrie, says the average age of victims has fallen from 15 to 13.

Chris Buckler reports.

  • 17 Jan 2011