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Redbridge businesses can help stop child sexual exploitation

PUBLISHED: 12:09 27 February 2015 | UPDATED: 16:33 27 February 2015

Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour Group

Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Labour Group

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Redbridge businesses are “in a unique position” to help stop child sexual exploitation, according to Cllr Jas Athwal (Lab, Mayfield).

Police and Redbridge Council are asking businesses to help stamp out child sexual exploitation in the borough.

Letters were sent out last week asking companies to sign a pledge to help tackle the problem.

Hotels, guest houses and taxi companies are among the businesses being targeted, as evidence shows these are often used by the perpetrators.

Leader of Redbridge Council, Cllr Jas Athwal said: “Businesses are in a unique position to be an extra pair of eyes and ears when it comes to the detection of this horrific crime and by pledging to stand with us they send a strong message to those who would take part in such terrible behaviour.”

Cllr Athwal, continued: “We are aware that there have been failings at other authorities regarding child sexual exploitation and we are keen in Redbridge to get on the front foot and stand up as one community to show it won’t be tolerated.”

Barnado’s, the childrens charity, welcomed the initiative.

A spokesman said: “Girls are commonly transported to guest houses and hotels where child sexual exploitation can be committed, so it is essential that these businesses are alert to the signs.”


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