Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Sexual exploitation is a form of abuse where young people areforced or manipulated into sexual activity. The abuser may groom the young person into trusting them – this can be done face-to-face or online – they then exploit this trust for their owngain. Child sexual exploitation can take many forms and victims and criminals can be from any social or ethnic background.

Sometimes criminals 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.