Research on Child Criminal Expolitation
Catch22’s research, Running the Risks, July 2015, found that the market in illegal drugs is a key activity for gang-involved children and young people. Children and young people are being recruited to travel to areas away from home to sell drugs. In the worst cases, this can be a form of child trafficking as young people find themselves in unsafe environments, completely isolated and with no way of contacting anyone for support.
In March 2016 the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) published their report on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults. The APPG found: ‘Patterns of grooming of children for criminal exploitation are very similar to those of child sexual exploitation.