Child Exploitation

Modern Day Slavery – can take many forms including trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery.  Any consent victims have given to their treatment will be irrelevant where they have been coerced, deceived or provided with payment or benefit to achieve that consent.

The term ‘modern slavery’ captures a whole range of types of exploitation, many of which occur together.  These include [but are not limited to] –

Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse.  It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceived a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity [a] in exchange for something the victim needs or wants and/or [b] for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.  The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual.  Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact – it can also occur through the use of technology.

Child Criminal Exploitation occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, control, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into any criminal activity [a] in exchange for something the victim needs or wants and/or [b] for the financial or other advantage of the perpetrator or facilitator and/or [c] through violence of the threat of violence.  The victim may have been criminally exploited even if the activity appears consensual.  Child Criminal Exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.

Exploitation of children can also include forced labour:  employing a child to undertake some form of employment to pay off any ‘debts’ or pay them minimal amounts.  Engaging in work that is illegal for their age.  This exploitation can also include domestic servitude in the home.


Listed below are a number of useful documents to help you understand Child Sexual Exploitation issues and how to get help
 

Sexual Exploitation Cue Card for Young People
CSE Cue Card for Young People.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [313.3 KB]
Spot the Signs of Sexual Exploitation Leaflet from Barnardo's
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Adobe Acrobat document [396.1 KB]

Useful Website

 

The Barnardos, Real Love Rocks website

The online space all about raising awareness around Child Sexual Exploitation and what a healthy and safe relationship is.

 

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