What is Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)?

  • The Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive 'something' (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of performing and/or others performing on them, sexual activities.


  • Sexual exploitation can take many forms from the apparently 'consensual' relationships where sex is exchanged for attention/affection, accommodation or gifts, to serious organised crime and child trafficking.


  • What makes it exploitation is an imbalance of power within the relationship. The perpetrator always holds some kind of power over the victim, increasing the dependence of the victim as the exploitative relationship develops.