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Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse. It happens when an individual or group (offender) takes advantage by manipulating a child or young person (victim) under the age of 18 into sexual activity. This can be for two reasons:

(1) In exchange for something the young person needs or wants

(2) To gain money or increased status of the offender.

You can still be sexually exploited even if you have given consent and it does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology through social media and Apps.

How does this differ to Criminal Exploitation?

Criminal exploitation is when a child or young person (victim) is forced to become involved in criminal activity by another young person or adult (offender).
Similarly the young person becomes involved in this type of activity so they can recieve items such as gifts, money or drugs. It can also happen if that young person is looking to escape from certain situations at home or in their personal life e.g. parents splitting up.
As part of the control the offender has, the threat of violence means that the young person is expected to take full responsibility for their actions even if they are caught by the police.

Know the signs

Sometimes it can be difficult to spot the signs of whether you are being exploited, but if you or someone you know has been asked to do sexual things in return for something then they may have been sexually exploited, even if the person who did it was a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend.

If you’ve ever been asked to do any of the following, you may have been sexually exploited:

Threaten to end your relationship if you don’t have sex

Ask or make you have sex with other people

Expect sex in return for food or a place to stay

Share drugs or alcohol with you in return for sexual acts

Threaten to stop being friends if you don’t perform sexual ‘dares’

Give you gifts or money in return for sexual acts

Ask you to take sexual photos of yourself or share them online or by text

Threaten to humiliate or share sexual images of you if you don’t carry out more sex acts

Sometimes it can be difficult to spot the signs of CSE, but if you or someone you know has been asked to do sexual things in return for something then they may have been sexually exploited, even if the person who did it was a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend.

You may not be facing these pressures, but may know someone who may be. Learn to know the signs of Child Sexual Exploitation by clicking the link below.

GET HELP

To report CSE call Merseyside Police on 101  or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency dial 999.

To report CSE call Merseyside Police on 101  or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency dial 999.