New data reveals over 600 children in Birmingham victim of criminal exploitation
- Organised criminals have targeted 648 children for criminal exploitation in Birmingham in just one year – including by County Lines drug dealers.
- One of the victims identified by social workers was aged just 10, while 89 others were aged under 14.
- The statistics for 2020 have been compiled by Birmingham Children’s Trust.
- Of the 648 victims identified, 550 were male and 134 were classed as ‘high risk’ – meaning ‘likely significant injury/harm which may be physical or sexual (rape has occurred’.
- These 134 children were classed as likely to come to harm within days, likely from drug dealers seeking a debt.
- A Birmingham Children’s Trust spokesman said: “This is not just a Birmingham issue this is a national issue. We understand that we need to form strong community links and parental support; connecting with everyone involved in the child’s life.”
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