Campaign in East Yorkshire to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

Police will have a day of action on Wednesday to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
Police will have a day of action on Wednesday to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation.
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A police task force in Hull will tomorrow (Wednesday March 15) take part in a campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and identify children at risk.

Humberside Police are teaming up with the British Transport Police and other partners agencies to talk to young people at Hull Paragon Interchange with information about the signs and risks of grooming.

Det Ch Insp Sharon Wood of Humberside Police said: “Child sexual exploitation is an incredibly complex issue that affects the most vulnerable people within our community. For this reason it is a priority for the force, not only to identify and support victims, but also to bringing those responsible for abusing them to justice.

“The week of action at Paragon Interchange with the British Transport Police and other local agencies gives us a great platform to raise awareness in issues surrounding child sexual exploitation, whether it is the subtle warning signs of exploitation including grooming through the internet, recording of invaluable local intelligence about suspicious activity or even supporting those affected by abuse.

“The key message to the wider community is to report anything they think looks suspicious or out of place. This could be adults appearing to have inappropriate relationships with a child, adults regularly being in the company of children or being visited by them at home or even drivers pulling over to speaking to children. In these scenarios your call could be vital, so please call 101 – you could prevent a child being exploited.”