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Exploring internal child sex trafficking networks using social network analysis

Cockburn, E; Brayley, H; Laycock, G; (2011) Exploring internal child sex trafficking networks using social network analysis. Policing: a Journal of Policy and Practice , 5 (2) 144 - 157. 10.1093/police/par025. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the potential of social network analysis as a tool in supporting the investigation of internal child sex trafficking in the UK. In doing so, it uses only data, software, and training already available to UK police. Data from two major operations are analysed using in-built centrality metrics, designed to measure a network’s overarching structural properties and identify particularly powerful individuals. This work addresses victim networks alongside offender networks. The insights generated by SNA inform ideas for targeted interventions based on the principles of Situational Crime Prevention. These harm-reduction initiatives go beyond traditional enforcement to cover prevention, disruption, prosecution, etc. This article ends by discussing how SNA can be applied and further developed by frontline policing, strategic policing, prosecution, and policy and research.

Type: Article
Title: Exploring internal child sex trafficking networks using social network analysis
Location: United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/police/par025
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/par025
Language: English
Additional information: © The Authors 2011. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/), which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social network analysis, Internal child sex trafficking
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1361204
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