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Serious and Organised Crime often targets the most vulnerable

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Children

The Children's Commissioner estimates that around 1.3 million children living in England may have been sexually abused by the time they reach the age of 18.

Children are being exploited by criminal gangs as drug runners, and in some cases they form a relationship with criminals and can become victims of sexual violence.

 

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Coercion, violence, threats and deception are used to manipulate and control victims of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The trafficking of adult victims into conditions of labour exploitation continues to increase.

 

Drugs

There were 952 heroin or morphine deaths in England & Wales in 2014, a two thirds increase since 2012.

Crime associated with cocaine is very often violent and exploitative; it has links to the criminal use of firearms, knife crime within criminal gang culture and exploitation of young and vulnerable people.

Labour traffickers operate across the UK and exploit workers in low skilled areas of work such as nail bars, car washes, cleaning services, seasonal agricultural work and off shore fishing.