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Police in Northampton are stepping up the fight against crime in the run up to Christmas. On the second of 12 days of intensity, the focus has been on raising awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Yesterday (Sunday, December 13) neighbourhood team officers and PCSOs, along with staff from the Paedophile Online Exploitation (POLIT) and Reducing Incidents of Sexual Exploitation (RISE) teams carried out a day of action to raise awareness of CSE. They spent the day engaging with staff from local takeaways, hotels and taxi firms, and visiting locations where young people are known to gather. Staff at these establishments are in prime positions to spot something amiss among their customers.
Throughout the day, the teams:
PC Ethan McCullen from the Northampton Priority Area Team, said: “CSE is a form of child abuse and is illegal - it is the deliberate exploitation of a child for the sexual gratification of adults and it affects both boys and girls of any ethnicity.
“Evidence shows that hotels and businesses like takeaways and bars are often used as locations to meet, groom and abuse children. We urge people to ‘say something if you they see something’ that doesn’t look right. We will not tolerate the abuse of children and we are ready and waiting to bring those who target children for sexual exploitation to justice.”
Spot the signs
Young people who are being sexually exploited may:
This is not an exhaustive list and indicators can change over time. For a fuller list see the NSPCC website or see the CSE webpage for parents and carers.