On July 20 a group of Christians and Muslims in Luton launched FACES – Faiths Against Child Sexual Exploitation.  It was the first milestone in a journey where a group of us had come together to engage with one of the great scourges of our society, the sexual abuse of children and young people by men, women, and sometimes their fellow youth.

Representatives of the Christian and Muslim communities spoke, as did local researchers from the University of Bedfordshire who work in the field, and a parent whose child has experienced exploitation. There were attendees from the local authority, police, charities and faith groups, and a clear sense of commitment to tackling the problem of abuse.

 

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