MSPs are in Glasgow today on a fact-finding mission about child sexual exploitation.
Members of the Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee are at a service that deals with victims and potential victims of abuse at home or on the streets.
Barnardo's, which runs the service, has called on the Scottish Government to investigate the true scale of the problem across the country amid fears there is much more abuse than is reported.
David Stewart, convener of the committee, Angus MacDonald, MSP and Anne McTaggart, a Glasgow MSP, will hear from Barnardo's Safer Choices campaign staff on what they think needs to be done to help battle the problem.
The team deals with 300 under 18s a year and 94% are from Glasgow, but it is believed the problem is far more widespread.
The Scottish Government has agreed to research and has commissioned The University of Bedfordshire to publish a report expected later this year – and Barnardo's want to ensure any recommendations are acted on
Daljeet Dagon, Barnardo's Children's Services Manager hopes that more projects will be supported. She said: "Progress has been unsatisfactory. A commitment has been given but nothing undertaken that will make a difference.
"We would like to see this project replicated in other areas but we need MSPs to support calls for funding to be taken forward.
"I am convinced there are more people out there who are experiencing exploitation or are at risk.
"We deal with people who are known to the system through social work and other agencies.
"We are now seeing people coming forward who are not already known to the services as a result of online exploitation and we are now getting more referrals of this type."
Barnardo's Safer Choices project deals with young people under 18, identified as being at risk or who are already involved in exploitation.
Some have been in care, others have ran away from home and often abuse has taken place in their past.
The project aims to give support to help re-unite families or find accommodation.
Mr Stewart, said: "I was impressed with he Barnardo's petition. It calls on the Scottish Parliament to commission new research into child exploitation.
"Some people have argued it is the tip of an iceberg.
"The third sector plays an important role in child protection. We are in Glasgow speaking to the Barnardo's project to listen and learn."