What is Sexual Exploitation?

Sexual Exploitation is when someone uses something you need or want in order to get you involved in sexual activities. It can involve being forced, pressured, persuaded or tricked into sexual activity. It can involve exchanges of sexual activity for attention, accommodation, gifts, cigarettes or alcohol. Sexual Exploitation can happen to young men and women.
If you are worried or unsure that you or a friend could be at risk of sexual exploitation please contact

Hants Direct on 0300 300 0117
Sexual exploitation includes:  
  • Offering a young person money or goods in exchange for sex
  • Stalking young people's online activities
  • Asking young people to participate in non-contact sexual activities such as engaging in sexual conversations online or via mobile telephone
  • Asking young people to take and share indecent images of themselves online or through a mobile telephone
  • Asking young people to display sexualised behaviours or perform sexual acts that are recorded or shared live via webcam
  • The creation, storage and distribution of child abuse images (also referred to as child pornography or indecent images)
  • Arranging to meet a young person for the purpose of sexually abusing them
The websites below contain information and guidance for children and young people

Barnardo’s Spot the Signs Leaflet  - A leaflet for young people providing advice on Sexual Exploitation and what to look out for



CEOPS Think you know - Sex.  Relationships.  The Internet

BLAST – A website for young men who have been victims of sexual exploitation
Offenders of sexual exploitation may approach you on the street and gain your trust by offering you drugs, alcohol or gifts.

Offenders may try to make friends with you online through online chat rooms, social networking websites, email and mobile telephone messaging.

You should always take safety measures when online:
  • Never give out any personal details on the internet.
  • Don't post any photos or videos that you wouldn't be happy for other people to see. If you wouldn’t print and pass these images around your school or show your mum or dad, they are not appropriate to share via phone or other technologies.
  • Most sites will have a delete post option, but remember that once you have put something up – anyone can save it and re post it.
  • Be aware that people can create fake profiles on social networking sites and they might not be telling the truth.
  • Don't add anyone you don't know to your list of friends.
  • Don't arrange to meet someone you have met online.
  • Only give your mobile number to your friends and people you trust - it is best not to put your number on your profile of your social networking site (like Bebo, MySpace and Facebook).
  • Keep your passwords private.
If someone is being inappropriate online; saying sexual things or asking you to do things that you feel are wrong, start by saving the conversation, blocking them and then report it to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) using ‘CEOP report’.

If you think you are a victim of sexual exploitation or are being targeting you need to tell someone straight away. This could be a friend, a teacher or another adult you trust.

You can also call Childline on 0800 1111 if you would like to talk to someone about what is happening. You don’t have to give your name and the calls are free. They will listen and talk to you and help you to decide what to do next.

Hampshire Constabulary have developed a range of online resources which are available on their webpage at the following link: http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/abuse-against-the-person/tackling-cse-resources-page
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