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Child exploitation often takes the form of child sexual exploitation (CSE) or child criminal exploitation (CCE). The exploitation of children and young people under 18 is where a young person will receive something in return for, or be pressured into performing, sexual or criminal activities. Are you being exploited or do you have concerns for someone. Help is available!
The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 is where a young person will receive something in return for, or be pressured into performing sexual activities.
Firstly, it is child abuse and puts young people at risk of damage to their physical, emotional and psychological health.
It can take many forms:
Children and young people involved with gangs and criminal exploitation need help and support. They might be victims of violence or pressured into doing things like stealing or carrying drugs or weapons. They might be abused, exploited and put into dangerous situations.
Criminal exploitation is child abuse where children and young people are manipulated and coerced into committing crimes.
Children and young people may become involved in gangs for many reasons, including:
There are some people who may seek to draw you into sexual or criminal relationships. They might be nice to you initially by showing lots of affection, by inviting you to parties and buying you alcohol, drugs, clothes, mobile phones or other gifts.
This might start off casual and friendly, but it might slowly turn more and more towards pressuring you into performing sexual or criminal acts.
No-one should pressure you to have sex.
This includes getting you to touch yourself in front of others or in front of a webcam, or having someone touch themselves in front of you. It also includes making you look at pornographic photos or films.
The people who do this aim to draw young people like you into swapping or selling sex. They are not really your friends.
They might make you feel guilty or ashamed for what you have done, to make you keep quiet.
You need to know that there is help available.
These could be some of the signs that show you could be at risk:
The ThinkUKnow website has a wide range of advice on what to do if you feel you might be in an exploitative relationship.
You need to know that whatever has happened, you are not responsible for it and you are not in trouble with the police.
If you feel that you might be in an exploitative relationship, the first step is to tell someone about it.
This could be a parent, carer, teacher, youth worker or the police.
If you want to, call the States of Jersey Police on 612612. They have a dedicated, understanding and supportive Personal Protection Unit.
They will help you through what is happening and work as hard as possible to stop the abusers from hurting you any further, or harming anyone else.
YES Youth Enquiry Service
Tel: 280530 or 07797 778424 or pop in to our drop-in.
Children and Families Hub
Tel: 01534 519000
Jersey Women’s Refuge
Tel: 0800 735 6836
Jersey Tel: 760800
Tel: 0800 1111