Friday 18 March 2022 is National Child Exploitation Awareness Day.
Child exploitation involves situations, contexts or relationships in which a person under 18 is given something, such as food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts or money in return for doing something for someone else.
Across the country, young people are being sexually and exploited.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is when and child is asked to perform sexual activities or have sexual activities performed on them.
Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) is when someone uses a child to commit crimes for them.
Exploitation can also involve violence, coercion and intimidation, with threats of physical harm or humiliation.