Como detectar sinais de exploração sexual de crianças

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How to spot signs of child sexual exploitation

By Rahul Vashisht

Thames Valley Police advice on how to spot victims of child sexual exploitation and what to do if you know someone at risk.

Police have issued advice to parents and carers on recognising signs of child sexual exploitation.

Officers are investigating nine potential cases of children being sexually exploited in Reading.

Child sexual exploitation can be incredibly hard to recognise, as many warning signs can easily be mistaken for standard child or adolescent behaviour.

However as a rough guide the following incidents could be an indication that something is amiss.

Going missing from school or regularly returning home late

It may be possible someone much older has persuaded your child to leave the safety of school or home to come and see them.

Coming home with unexplained gifts or money

The offender might give gifts your child could not normally afford to build a level of trust with them, which they can then use to take advantage.

Secretive behaviour surrounding their social media use

It is possible your child is talking to unknown, much older associates from outside their usual social network. Encourage them to use phones and laptops in the living room or other communal areas to keep an eye on what they are doing.

Your child may stop talking to friends their own age

They may be particularly prone to sharp mood swings. While mood swings are common to all adolescents, it is the severity of behavioural change that is most indicative here.

Displaying inappropriate sexualised behaviours

These include over familiarity with strangers, dressing in an unusually sexualised manner or sending sexualised messages or images via mobile phone or social media. This is known as ‘sexting’.

Unexplained physical harm

Including, but not limited to, bruising and cigarette marks. These are a sign that the offender is using physical violence as well as psychological exploitation as a means of control.

What to do if you think a child is being sexually exploited

If you believe a child is in danger, do not confront them directly. This may place them in greater danger or give the offender time to threaten the victim into silence.

A far safer option would be to contact the police or Reading Borough Council’s children’s services . They can take the necessary actions to remove the child from harm’s way and bring the offender to justice.

To report an instance of child sexual exploitation call 999 or 101 for non-emergencies. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Em Portugal pode contactar a Linha SOS-Criança encontra-se disponível através do número 217 931 617, e do número gratuito 116 111 para todas as Crianças, Jovens e Adultos que contactam, solicitando apoio ou apresentando situações-problema relativas a crianças ou jovens em geral e, em risco em particular ou o SOS-Criança Desaparecida, que se encontra acessível através do número de telefone gratuito 116 000 para situações de desaparecimento, rapto e abuso sexual.

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