Police Scotland has launched its first public information campaign to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).
The campaign – which will run on social media and digital platforms over the next four weeks – alerts sexual predators that Police Scotland knows how they operate, knows where they operate and is aware of the methods used to exploit young people.
CSE is child abuse. It happens to girls and boys in communities across Scotland.
Police say perpetrators of CSE exert power over children using violence, coercion and intimidation. They will target young people offering them anything and everything from food, drugs and alcohol to gifts and even affection in return for sex. Any child or young person regardless of gender, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation may experience this form of child abuse.
“Children across Scotland – both boys and girls – are being groomed for sex by predators. This kind of insidious behaviour can, at times, be hidden under a veil of seemingly innocent contact when in reality the child is being groomed to be sexually abused.
“Sexually exploiting a child will not be tolerated and our message to perpetrators is simple: we know how you operate, where you operate and the techniques you use. We’re on to you.
“It is vital we work together with partners and across communities to raise awareness of CSE, of recognising the signs and focusing on prevention.
“Tackling child abuse in all its forms, including CSE, is one Police Scotland’s highest priorities. Our children deserve nothing less.”
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