Unite against child sexual exploitation


Wednesday 18 March 2015 was National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day, with people across Wales being urged to be aware of the signs of trafficking and report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.

The Wales Human Trafficking Operational Delivery Group is a multi-agency body which aims to ensure that Welsh public services are working as effectively as possible to stamp out exploitation.

Kim-Ann Williamson of the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, who chairs the multi-agency group, said:

"Safeguarding children is everybody's responsibility. Any child can potentially be a victim of sexual exploitation - regardless of their culture, ethnicity, religion, gender or background.

"This year's National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues involved. We want to encourage everyone to think, spot the signs of abuse and speak out against it. We need to adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children and children forming inappropriate sexual relationships with their peers."

Members of the group are also showcasing the "Caught In Traffick" film, created by Merthyr Tydfil Youth Forum, which highlights how easy it can be for a young child to become a victim of exploitation.

The film can be viewed by clicking here.