Child Sexual Exploitation

What is child sexual exploitation?

The Children’s Society describes sexual exploitation as: “Someone taking sexual advantage of you, for their own benefit. Through threats, bribes, violence, humiliation, or by telling you that they love you, they get you to do sexual things for their own, or other people’s benefit or enjoyment (including: touching or kissing private parts, sex, taking sexual photos).”

It’s not OK for someone to make or manipulate you into doing sexual things for the benefit or enjoyment of others.

It is a form of sexual abuse and it is against the law.

For example, someone may try and get you to do sexual things by:

  • offering you money
  • hurting or threatening to hurt you
  • humiliating or threatening to humiliate you
  • buying you presents
  • taking you out to places
  • giving you a place to stay
  • telling you that they love you

It’s not always easy to know when you are being sexually exploited, especially if it is your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend that is exploiting you. Learn how to spot the signs.

Read more about child sexual exploitation on the Barnardo’s and NSPCC websites.