Cost of child sex offences
A senior police officer recently revealed the cost of investigating child sex offences is now an astonishing £1bn a year. This figure could treble by 2020. In just three years, the number of allegations has shot up by 80 per cent and in 2015, there were 70,000 investigations. When asked why, Simon Bailey, national police lead for child protection and abuse, said the opportunities provided by the internet, with children watching pornography and thinking it is normal, is driving the sharp increase.