FAILED BY THE STATE

Girls are being let down by the state which is meant to protect them, over and over again. From Taunton to Rochdale, Rotherham to Oxford, girls have been groomed, trafficked and exploited, by individuals and by gangs. Girls are often then punished for their own exploitation by the criminal justice system, making a mockery of the text carved into the Old Bailey more than a century ago: “Defend the children of the poor and punish the wrongdoer.” This panel will look at how this has happened and what we can do to prevent it.

Speakers:

Fiona Broadfoot

Kendra Houseman

Zoe (REIGN)

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