Sexual Exploitation

Sexual exploitation comes in many different forms. It includes (but is not limited to): Sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, forced prostitution and the abuse of children for the production of child abuse images and videos.

A person who is trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation may be controlled by violence, threats, substance abuse, deception or grooming. This can affect any gender, race and age. 

The grooming of children usually takes place over the internet; and can be carried out in a number of ways. Parents and guardians should be aware of what their dependent is doing on their electronic devices, take note of the time spent using these devices, put controls in place to limit activity and most crucially, talk, ask, listen and be vigilant of changes in a young person’s behaviour or appearance.

Sexual exploitation can happen in a number of places, including: brothels, private residences, night clubs/strip clubs, online adult service websites, massage parlours, hotels and on our streets.

Spot the signs of sexual exploitation

  • Potential victims may display physical/emotional trauma – their body language is tense and they appear nervous; 
  • They are unable to travel freely on their own, they are always accompanied by another person; 
  • There are other people speaking on their behalf;
  • They are speaking in a foreign language with another person prior to speaking with you directly; 
  • They display signs of substance misuse; 
  • They are working at unsociable hours; 
  • There are lots of people in and out of a single address throughout the day (or night) in fairly short succession of each other; 
  • Other people have control of their money or personal belongings such as mobile phones, house keys, passports and ID papers; 
  • They have limited clothing/belongings – often wearing the same thing;
  • They are sleeping on work premises.​

Do you recognise any of these things happening in your neighbourhood? On your commute to and from work? Or when going about your daily routine in your local area? If so, please report any intelligence by calling 101

Alternatively, you can direct your call anonymously via the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 121 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

You can also fill in this online form, by clicking here.