Sexual exploitation and gangs in London

Meeting: 
MQT on 2012-09-19
Session date: 
September 19, 2012
Reference: 
2012/2697
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Is the Mayor aware of the extent of the problem of sexual exploitation of girls and young women by gangs in London and what is the Mayor doing to address the issue?

Answer

Answer for Sexual exploitation and gangs in London

Answer for Sexual exploitation and gangs in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The sexual exploitation of girls and young women by gangs in London is an under-reported problem, which is why I am working with the Met Police to try to determine the potential scale of this issue.

I also await the forthcoming publication of the interim report of the inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups by the Office of the Children's Commissioner. This will help inform my understanding of the extent of this problem in London.

MOPAC has started developing a strategic framework for responding to gang associated young women and girls to improve the way local partnerships identify and respond to these issues.