McArthur calls for emergency statement on child sex exploitation claims

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has called for an emergency statement at Parliament after it was claimed today that children in Govanhill are being sexually exploited.

The Times has reported children being sold for sex by their parents and relatives in the south of Glasgow. It says specialist agencies, social workers, community representatives and residents have all expressed concerns.

Commenting Mr McArthur said:

"The claims that this activity is happening are sickening. No child should ever be put in such an awful position.

"I have today asked Scottish ministers to make an emergency statement to Parliament. We urgently need to know what reports have been received by any of the agencies involved in protecting these children and what action was taken as a result.

"We know Scotland is not immune from the types of atrocious abuse and exploitation that stunned areas such as Rochdale and Rotherham. There is no room for complacency. It is essential that the Scottish Government and its agencies immediately take action to get to the bottom of this and protect any child that may be at risk."

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