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Sexual grooming of children over the internet is most prevalent (99% of cases) amongst the 13–17 age group, particularly 13–14 year old children (48%). The majority of the victimization occurs with mobile phone support.

Localised grooming is a form of sexual exploitation – previously referred to as ‘on street grooming’ in the media - where children have been groomed and sexually exploited by an offender, having initially met in a location outside their home.

This location is usually in public, such as a park, cinema, on the street or at a friend’s house.

Online grooming of youngsters via chat rooms and webcams is an area COST team officers are encountering more and more.

A television documentary was broadcast in August 2003, in which reporters uncovered details of an 18-month police and social services investigation into allegations that young Asian Muslim men were targeting under-age girls for sex, drugs and prostitution in the West Yorkshire town of Keighley.

Abuse may occur at a number of locations within a region and on several occasions.

‘Localised grooming’ was the term used by CEOP in the intelligence requests issued to police forces and other service agencies in order to define the data we wished to receive.

Sexual grooming of children also occurs on the Internet.