The problems of young women open to sexual exploitation are so
complex that it is difficult to identify one factor that leads to
their vulnerability, a new report says.
The study of 55 13- to 18-year-olds at risk of, or experiencing,
sexual exploitation or prostitution says warning signs include
running away from home and truanting.
The research finds that those selling sex were the most alienated
from social services, despite having the most problems. The
services the group turned to most often were local community
projects that offered a range of legal, social and health
The study was carried out by children’s charity the NSPCC and
Middlesex University and published by the Joseph Rowntree
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