119 instances of CSE related crime were recorded in Herefordshire during 2017/18, an increase of 40% from 2016/17. This increase is almost certainly due to improved reporting procedures.
Our understanding around the threat posed by CSE within Herefordshire continues to develop. Historically, this threat was based around mainly white vulnerable females aged between 15-16 years of age with a history of missing episodes, being exploited by their peers or slightly older males, with no evidence of organised or coordinated exploitation. More recently the threat has been focused by an increase in drug related activity, particularly within Hereford City. This activity has highlighted that mainly vulnerable white females aged between 15-16, are being targeted by internal and external drug networks and are at significant risk of sexual and criminal exploitation.
Last updated: Tuesday, May 15, 2018