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Police are to investigate claims that children as young as 12 are routinely being sold for sex in one of Scotland's most deprived areas. Locals in the Govanhill area of Glasgow told The Times newspaper of being offered Roma children for sex or being approached outside bars by youngsters themselves.…
Children suffering sexual abuse in Scotland are being failed by a lack of specialist support, a charity has warned. New research by NSPCC Scotland found access to recovery services remains patchy and fragmented despite a greater spotlight on child sexual abuse over the past decade. The charity said more than…
A former Crown Office boss is to lead a task force set up to prevent sexual crime involving young people. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Catherine Dyer would bring a "wealth of experience" as he announced the appointment to MSPs at Holyrood. The expert group was created in response to…
A man who was sexually abused by a string of older men from the age of 13 has received a formal apology from the Government's victim compensation agency after it previously ruled he consented to sexual abuse as a child. The man - known as HND - has also been…
A specialist unit could be created for children and teenagers convicted of sex offences, a Government minister has suggested. Phillip Lee (pictured) said he had been encouraging the Ministry of Justice to examine whether the measure may be needed to hold those responsible for "dark and very troubling" crimes. He…
Former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has died just days after being sacked from his role and suspended from the Labour Party over allegations about his personal conduct. A family statement said his relatives were "devastated beyond words" at the loss of "the glue that bound us together". Labour leader…
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by a woman who claims she was raped in an attempt to bring a private prosecution against her alleged attacker. Waiving her right to anonymity Emily Hunt said she was told by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) that they would not be bringing charges…
A Scottish Government minister has resigned over past actions he said had been "considered to be inappropriate". Mark McDonald, the SNP minister for childcare and early years, apologised "to anyone I have upset" as he stepped down from the role. The MSP for Aberdeen Donside said previous behaviour he had…
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