Child Exploitation can take several forms and often targets vulnerable children.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Children find themselves in an exploitative relationship or situation. They often receive gifts. money or affection in return for performing sexual acts or allowing sexual acts to be performed on them.

Child Criminal Exploitation

Children can be forced or enticed into becoming involved in criminal activity. County Lines gangs is a term used for criminal gangs, who use children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money across county, town or city borders.


Radicalisation happens when somebody is pressured into carrying out illegal acts that support extreme views.

Child Trafficking

Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold.

If are worried that somebody you know has become victim to or have information on any of the above, please report this to Merseyside Police on 101 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.