Child and Adult sexual exploitation

Sexual exploitation involves someone taking advantage of a child or adult sexually, for their own benefit through threats, bribes, violence, and humiliation. Sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, and relationships where the victim receives ‘something’ (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affection, gifts, money) as a result of the victim performing sexual activities or having sexual activities performed on them by another. 

Child exploitation takes many forms, including sexual activity with a child by one or many adults and can include child pornography and pornography on the Internet. A vast majority of children are coerced, enticed, threatened or are utterly desperate, and do not  get involved voluntarily. Child pornography has devastating effects on children, both on those who are exploited in the actual pictures and those who view it. 

Grooming & Sexual Exploitation

Adult Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse involving an offender taking advantage of an adult, sexually, for their own benefit through threats, bribes, and violence. They usually hold power over their victim, due to their age, gender, sexual identity, physical strength, status and vulnerability.  

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If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.

We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.

Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:

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Crime Prevention Information

Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here: 

Crime Prevention


National Organisation that prevent child abuse, rebuild families & supports children


National Charity – protect, nurture and support of children 

Catch 22

Supporting children and young people in unhealthy relationships, victims of child sexual exploitation and children missing from home

Stafford borough council

Information on Primary Risk Factors and Warning Signs


Based in Stoke – free counselling service – sexual violence and child exploitation 

First Response

Staffordshire County Council – county wide enquiries for serious concern and support of children from birth to 18yrs

Is it an emergency?

If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999.  If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. if you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101

7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.

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