Child sexual exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. Children in exploitative situations and relationships receive something such as gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them, we will enjoin everyone to take action against CSE around the world.
Any child could be a victim of sexual exploitation, regardless of the background, race, ethnicity, sexuality, rich or poor, but the poor are more vulnerable than others. children are quick to believe they are in safe hands when an adult is exploiting them with pretentious showing of love.
Child sexual exploitation can start without the victim's consent, This is a method known as grooming.
Child sexual exploitation is better define as adult exploiting a child victim taking advantage of the fact that they are older, intelligent, conning, wealthy, powerful, influential over the child victim.
It must be noted that not all perpetrators of child sexual exploitation CSE will involve money or gifts when they exploit children. some perpetrators use their position of power to abuse children because they feel they are above the law.
CSE Models and Signs.
There are a signs to indicate that a child is being sexually exploited let us mention here.
Changes in behavior, being secretive, isolated and unnecessarily aggressive.
Involvement in criminal activity
Possessions of expensive gifts, money, jewellery
Unapproved sleepovers, keeping late nights.
Unapproved absence from school.
Massive age gap with boyfriend, girlfriend or friend.
Using mobile phone 24 hours on the internet on adult website.
Missing from home to unknown trips without parents consent.
Secretly involve with drinking alcohol and taking drugs.
And to various Child Sexual Exploitation models.
Grooming model. Here Perpetrators groom a child for sexual exploitation in a process designed to break down the child's defences and existing relationships with family and friends to establish control.
Grooming is like a process of recruitment and the victims are introduced into a lifestyle which they are made to believe is normal, but which is actually abusive. This may take place online or offline and could include violence, lies, blackmail, or threats. Once groomed, the child is expected to participate in sexual activities, often in exchange for something such as alcohol, gifts, money, affection, drugs or housing.
There are different models of grooming-children might experience exploitation at paries, by groups of older men or women, as part of a gang, or even friends by their own age.
The following guide aims to help parents identify the particular model of grooming used on their child. However, every situation is different, and your child may have been groomed sexual exploitation through a variety of tactics.
Peer on peer exploitation.
Children are sexually exploited by peers who are known to them at school, in the neighbourhood or through mutual friends.
Exploitation through befriending and grooming.
Children are befriended directly by the perpetrator (in person or online) or through other children and young people. This process may begin with a girl (or boy) being targeted and befriended by a young boy or girl usually known to her as an equal, ie a classmate, a friend of a sibling, or a neighbour.
This introductory young person later introduces the child to either one or more older men, whom she/he may describe as an older sibling or cousin. The older men offer the child attention in the form of gifts, flashy cars, cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
To the child, it is new and exciting. The older men treat the child as an adult and deliberately portray her/his parents as unreasonable and overly-strict, should they seek to intervene.
We will continue to create awareness around the world to eradicate this menace of Child Sexual Exploitation CSE, even if we have to stand alone.
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