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Child Exploitation

What is exploitation?

Child Sexual Exploitation

It’s not okay for someone to manipulate you into doing sexual things for their own or someone else’s benefit.   If you’re under 18, this is called child sexual exploitation and it is against the law.

You may have been tricked into believing that you are in a good relationship with the person – or people – who want to abuse your trust. You may feel that the relationship was about love and respect in the beginning. The person may have bought you gifts and treated you well. However, over time you may have experienced threats or violence and been forced to do sexual things that you weren’t comfortable with or didn’t want to do.

Help is available; please tell someone you trust that this is happening to you.

 

Child Criminal Exploitation

It’s not okay for someone to intimidate you or be violent towards you. When this happens alongside the expectation that you will distribute or sell drugs, or commit other offences; such as shoplifting, this is called criminal exploitation.

You may feel you owe money or favours to a gang and could be forced into work and exploitation to pay off ‘debts’. You may have been given things like clothes and alcohol at the start of your new friendship. You may feel that the person treated you well and that you now owe them. Over time you may have experienced threats or violence and been made to break the law.

Help is available; please tell someone you trust that this is happening to you.

 

Getting help

What can I do?

If you are worried that you are being exploited or abused; talk to someone you trust. This could be a parent, a police officer, a teacher, a doctor or a nurse for example. There are organisations that can help offer advice and support.

 

Barnardo’s R-U-Safe? Telephone: 01494 785 552
Mobile: 07546 075 638
Email: rusafe@barnardos.org.uk
Childline Telephone: 0800 1111
First Response Telephone: 01296 383962
Out of hours telephone: 0800 999 7677
Email: secure-cypfirstresponse@buckscc.gcsx.gov.uk
Thames Valley Police Non-emergency telephone: 101
In an emergency dial 999