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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Child sexual exploitation by organised networks investigation report


D.1: Introduction

1. Child sexual exploitation can occur in any community and it is crucial that practitioners do not make assumptions about who might be a victim or a perpetrator. However, research indicates that children in residential care and those with disabilities are at increased risk of sexual exploitation.[1] In addition, while girls are most frequently the victims of child sexual exploitation, there is less recognition of the extent to which boys and young men are also targeted by perpetrators.



  1. Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation: Understanding Risk and Vulnerability, Coventry University, August 2016, INQ005182_006_014-015
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