Exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people…receive ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing, and/or others performing on them, sexual activities…those exploiting the child/young person have power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidation are common…
Exploitation can take the form of inappropriate relationships (for example, when the perpetrator is significantly older than the child); grooming and coercion from ‘boyfriends’ or from peers or gangs; and organised networks of offenders in which victims can be transported – in some cases forcibly – long distances to be abused¹.
¹ Newiss, G. and Traynor, M. (2013) Taken: A study of child abduction in the UK. London: Parents and Abducted Children Together and Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.
² Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (2013) Threat Assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. London: Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.