According to Sky News, the NSPCC’s charity Childline service was contacted by 4,500 children and young people in 2018-19 who said they had been sexually exploited – a 16% rise compared to the previous year.
Shaun Friel, head of Childline, said: “The increase is incredibly significant when you consider how difficult it is for a young person to firstly recognise that they are being exploited and secondly to speak out given the grooming they’ve experienced and, quite often, the pressure they’re under not to tell anyone.”
Lucie, not her real name, is now 22 but was first abused by a man she met on an online chatroom when she was 12.
She told Sky News: “If primary school teachers especially had better awareness of child sexual exploitation it could really help. I had no specific lessons about grooming or abuse, or the dangers and risks associated with using the internet. Schools need to keep up with changing technology.”
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