Sexually exploited children in the United Kingdom

In 2011, an estimated 10,000 children in the United Kingdom were being sexually exploited by groups of men or gangs. The children were believed to be given gifts in order to attract the child, and then passed along between members of the group.

A survey previously found that in 33 local authorities out of 144, over 1,000 children were being sexually exploited in a single day.

Source: “‘Thousands of children’ sexually exploited by gangs,” BBC News, October 13, 2011.