Shocking new figures which suggest over 250,000 men in Britain ‘want s-x with children’ have emerged. The research by the National Crime Agency found that as many as 3% of men could be a potential sex abuser or have an interest in online child porn.
The NCA’s deputy director Phil Gormley told the Mail on Sunday that of those, as many as 250,000 men were “true paedophiles” – attracted to pre-pubescent girls under 12.
He said a new approach was needed to protect children from potential abusers, saying:
“If all we have is arrest and incarceration, that will not help them come forward. Like most people I am shocked by the estimated number who have this interest. It tells us some unhealthy things about human nature.”
The issue of child sex abuse has been thrust violently into the spotlight in recent months and years. In November a self-confessed paedophile outed himself in a television documentary to ask for more help for people sexually attracted to children in a bid to stop them becoming criminals.
Channel 4’s The Paedophile Next Door featured 39-year-old Eddie admitting openly on camera that he has been sexually attracted to girls as young as four since he was in his 20s, but insisting he had never committed a crime.
Senior police, politicians and child protection groups want to spark debate over the best way to encourage paedophiles to seek assistance before they harm children.