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School children groomed with gifts for sex in Ilford, police confirm
Children have been performing sexual favours in return for new trainers, gifts and alcohol, Ilford police confirm. Around 100 Met officers along with outreach workers and immigration officials descended on Ilford town centre last week to disrupt criminal activity and raise awareness about sexual exploitation. The victims are from diverse backgrounds, including middle-class families and children in the care system and some residents have moved neighbourhoods to remove their children from the exploiters clutches. Det Insp Laura Hillier said there is a preconception that older males are targeting younger girls, but in Valentines Park and roads surrounding the station a lot of the time it was “peer on peer or a large group of boys with one girl”.