Criminal exploitation

What is child sexual exploitation (CSE)?

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of a child. This is done through an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity.

Often this is in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

The victim is sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact. It can also occur through the use of technology.

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What is criminal exploitation?

Criminal exploitation is a form of modern slavery that sees victims being forced to work under the control of highly organised criminals. The activities they’re forced to do include begging, shoplifting and pick pocketing, cannabis cultivation, drug dealing, and financial exploitation. This exploitation can affect adults or children.

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