100 children at risk of being groomed for sexual exploitation
MORE than 100 children in Walsall have been assessed as being at risk of sexual exploitation – and some may have already begun to be groomed, a report has revealed.
A total of 102 children have been identified as having some level of risk in a report to the council with 14 being identified as being at significant risk and 24 children assessed as being at serious risk, the highest level.
Walsall Children’s Safeguarding Board is now taking drastic and immediate measures to tackle the menace of sexual abuse and exploitation in the borough.
The town council’s head of safeguarding Carol Boughton revealed: “Child sexual exploitation is a serious form of sexual abuse and is on the rise.
Children tions and in exploitative situarelationships receive something such as gifts, money or affection in return for performing sexual activities or having others perform sexual activities on them.
“Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They are invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol.
“They are also groomed and exploited online. Paedophiles use a lot of common tactics to manipu- late innocent dren.
“Some children and young people are brought into the UK especially for the purposes of sexual exploitation.
“It can also happen people in gangs.
“Children frequently trust their abusers and don’t understand that they’re being abused. They sometimes depend on their abuser or or vulnerable to chil- young are often simply too scared to tell anyone what’s happening. Child sexual exploitation doesn’t always involve physical contact and can happen online.”
Some children are exploited for criminal reasons by gangs, in particular the risk of involvement in ‘county lines – the supply of class A drugs, primarily crack cocaine and heroin, from an urban hub into rural towns or county locations.