Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child abuse where children and young people are forced or manipulated into sexual activity. The abuser may groom the young person into trusting them – this can be done face-to-face or online – and they then exploit this trust for their own gain. Child Sexual Exploitation can take many forms and victims and perpetrators can be from any social or ethnic background.
Sometimes offenders may get the young person to engage in sexual activity by giving them attention, treats, alcohol, drugs or a place to stay; sometimes they may manipulate the young person into believing they are in a consensual relationship and that they love them. Either way, the young person is being taken advantage of through this controlling behaviour; it is child abuse and the victims face huge risks to their physical, emotional and psychological health.
South Yorkshire Police is committed to preventing child sexual abuse, helping victims and bringing offenders to justice.
Sexual offences against children are some of the most serious that the Force has to tackle. The effects of sexual exploitation on victims can be long-term and last long into adulthood.
Who does it affect?
This type of abuse could happen to any young person from any background. It happens to boys and young men as well as girls and young women. The victims of abuse are not at fault. Abusers are very clever in the way they manipulate and take advantage of the young people they abuse.