New figures show how we must use technology to protect young people
Before the new offence of Sexual Communication with a Child came into force in April 2017, following our Flaw in the Law campaign, police couldn't intervene until groomers met young people in person.
Since then more than 1,300 cases of sexual communication with a child have been recorded. Girls aged 12-15 were the most likely to be targeted. But some children were as young as 7.
We're calling on the Government and social media companies to use existing technology to identify grooming behaviour and set up anti-grooming alerts for young people and moderators.