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Project Sagamore: The Chemsex context and cross border drugs trafficking

About This Webinar

Chemsex is a situation whereby a person engages in sex with another (or others), using drugs before or during sexual activity, to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the sexual experience. This may be a one off meeting or a prolonged encounter taking place over a number of days. Arrangements are usually made via a geosocial networking (hook up) apps. Other common features include the involvement of ‘men who have sex with men’ and the use of GBL/GHB and Crystal Meth.

We are able to provide a comprehensive picture as to the vulnerability and exploitation inherent in the scene, including the:

• Poly-drug use and supply of drugs – particularly GBL/GHB and Crystal Meth
• The huge vulnerability present – with both hidden and overt ‘harms’ highly prevalent (including rape, mental health, addiction / dependency & shame, fatal overdoses and murder)
• How both highly dangerous perpetrators and Organised Criminal Networks are attracted to the scene

This is both a national and international issue; with Chemsex known by different names, in different places. There is a distinct international element to the importation of drugs. International partners will also benefit from a greater understanding of the harms inherent in this ‘hidden’ drugs market. Considerable learning has been obtained from a range of high profile cases, the triangulation of data from a number of criminal justice stakeholders and by working closely with Academic experts.

This webinar will address:

1. What the Chemsex Context is; including how & why GBL and Crystal Meth are so integral to it.
2. A focus on GBL importation by NCA Fast Parcels – Multi-Agency Hub. Where and how it GBL is coming to the UK and the risks associated with some of those importing it.
3. A focus on Crystal Meth supply within the Chemsex context from proactive leads within the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime Command. This will explore how these markets differ significantly from other drugs markets, lessons learnt from proactivity and the links identified between GBL and Meth supply.
4. The development of a strategic response to crime related risk, harm and vulnerability within the Chemsex context through Project Sagamore.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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Inspector – Honour, Belief and Sex (crime and vulnerability) Partnership Team, Continuous Policing Improvement Command, Metropolitan Police Service
Inspector Allen Davis joined the MPS in 1996 and has an extensive background in developing a multi-agency strategic response to complex Public Protection issues. Allen is the co-chair of the ‘Sagamore Chemsex Working Group’ and established Project Sagamore, the multi-agency strategic response to crime related risk, harm and vulnerability within the Chemsex context. He also leads the MPS operational response to Sex Work.

He is the MPS operational lead for Harmful Practices (FGM, Forced Marriage, HBA and Abuse Linked to Witchcraft and Spirit Possession) and works at both a National and International level on these issues. He is Deputy Chair of the National Working Group on Abuse Linked to Witchcraft and Spirit Possession and is national lead for Operation Limelight; a multi-agency safeguarding operation that focuses on Harmful Practices at the UK border.

Outside of work, he is the founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity, ‘Growing Against Violence’ (GAV). GAV has delivered evidenced based preventative education curricula tackling peer-on-peer exploitation to over 230,000 students in more than 1150 schools and colleges.
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Editor Border Security Report / World Security Report
Editor of World Security Report, Border Security Report and Director of the World Border Security Congress
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Specialist Crime South (proactive)
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Belief and Sex (crime & vulnerability) Partnership Team
PC Richard Unwin has been an MPS Police Officer since 2005, working primarily within the area of Serious Sexual Violence and Public Protection for the majority of his career. Richard is a Sexual Offence Investigation Trained officer and an MPS Tactical Policy Adviser for Chemsex and Sex Work, using the platforms of 'Project Sagamore' and ‘Project Evergreen’ to develop and deliver a multi-agency strategic and logistical response to crime and vulnerability within the Chemsex and Sex Work contexts.
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NCA Fast Parcel Multi-Agency Hub
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