PARENTS have been urged to look out for the warning signs of predatory adults sexually exploiting children as part of a national awareness drive.
Hampshire police supported National Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day on Saturday, on the force’s social media accounts.
The campaign aims to encourage everyone, from members of the public to professionals, to speak out and adopt a zero-tolerance approach.
CSE is sexual abuse that involves children under the age of 18 being coerced or manipulated into sexual activity with adults or older children. It happens both in the real world and online.
Offenders target vulnerable children and use emotional, financial or physical power over the child to sexually abuse them. Often, abusers try an earn children’s trust by giving them gifts, money, alcohol or drugs.
Hampshire police have now urged people to make sure they look out for these warning signs and report it to the force by calling 101.