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MP calls on ministers to consign the phrase "child prostitution" to history

Ann Coffey says the label has no place the country’s statute books - describing it as ‘shameful’ and outdated.

Currently 16 laws still refer to child prostitutes, including the Street Offences Act 1959 - which makes it illegal for a child aged 10 or over to ‘loiter or solicit for prostitution’.

Ms Coffey said there was ‘no such thing’ as a child prostitute, only a sexually abused or exploited child.

“The term child prostitute is inappropriate and is an insult to innocent victims – who have been robbed of their childhood and then stigmatised and blamed,” she said.

“Britain should lead the world in outlawing this term.

“Language is important and the continued use of the term by the criminal justice system gives out the wrong message to those who are being abused, the adults who abuse them and to the general public.

“It is shameful to us all that the term child prostitute remains in law. It is an outdated insult to victims, many of who lives have been ruined.

“It is inappropriate, no one believes it any longer, it is plain wrong and it should go.”

The number of children convicted of ‘prostitution’ has fallen dramatically since the mid-1990s, when around 300 cautions a year were handed out for the offence.

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