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REPORT MISSING AS TV INVESTIGATES CARE HOME EXPLOITATION

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Birmingham City Council is facing allegations that a report which revealed the extent to which children in resident...
Birmingham City Council is facing allegations that a report which revealed the extent to which children in residential homes were being exploited for prostitution has been deliberately repressed, The Birmingham Post reports (p1).

Later this week the Dispatches programme on Channel Four will screen interviews with children who say that pimps recruit prostitutes in homes and threaten them with beatings if they do not make enough money.

But it is said that a report compiled three years ago by Dr Jill Jesson of Aston University made similar claims. Conservative social services spokesman Graham Green said he had heard that senior officers were instructed to destroy their copies of the report, the Post reports.

Social services director Richard Evans said he had not seen a copy of the report which had been written before he took up his post, and council leader Theresa Stewart said that the report contained detailed and confidential information about the girls which is why is did not go to councillors.
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