Crackdown on child sex exploitation
6:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
POLICE will be visiting hotels, taxi firms, parks and takeaways across Lancashire as part of a major crackdown on child grooming starting today.
It comes as detectives revealed there had been a 32.3 per cent increase in reported cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) where youngsters are groomed and then abused, either by older boyfriends, gangs, online groomers or people in positions of trust.There were 467 reports across Lancashire between April and August compared to 353 during the same period last year.
Experts believe Operation Yewtree has encouraged more victims to come forward, particularly to report historic cases.
Lancashire’s Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Ibrahim Master said: “The Jimmy Savile scandal has given victims more confidence to come forward, hence you see increased reporting of CSE, which is a good sign.
“This tells me that it’s giving the victims, and the community, more confidence to come forward so the police can tackle these issues.”
The week-long campaign, which aims to deliver the message: ‘The More You Know, The More You See’, will see police carrying out ‘disruption work’ at hotspots, where children are known to be targeted.
Officers will be visiting schools, foster carers, and faith leaders, to talk about grooming, and working with other agencies.
It will include a dedicated poster campaign and internet safety advice and follows the success of last year’s child exploitation awareness week.