Poor records let runaways slip through net into life on streets

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A Comic Relief-funded report by Bedfordshire University on child exploitation, released in October 2011, found:

75 per cent of councils in the UK have failed to implement government guidance to protect children from sexual exploitation;

Young people, their families and carers receive awareness raising in less than half of the country;

The prosecution of abusers is rare and young people’s experience of court can be intolerable;

Some young people are purposefully trafficked within the UK for sexual exploitation.