Tackling the illlicit commercial exploitation of children off campus - a case study.
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SMITH, R. and FRONDIGOUN, L., 2013. Tackling the illicit commercial exploitation of children off campus – a case study. SIPR Practice Notes [online] Number 2. Available from: http://www.sipr.ac.uk/downloads/Child_exploitation.pdf [Accessed 10 October 2013]
The illicit exploitation of children and young persons for commercial gain by rogue shopkeepers and unscrupulous business proprietors is an important topic seldom considered by criminologists. In this case study we report on research with School Link Officers in Edinburgh in which this interesting topic came up in a focus group. The illicit sale of cigarettes and alcohol to minors is a criminal offence dealt with by both Police and Trading Standards Officers. In this practice note we discuss how campus officers can play a role in detecting, preventing and deterring such activities off campus. In the first part of the note, we provide some theoretical underpinnings to explain the importance of this policing approach. In the second part we present a case study which describes the effectiveness of some very practical policing strategies and why they proved to be so. The emergent theme was dealing with the issues informally and effectively. Part three identifies key factors and draws conclusions.