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Act if something’s not right, urge county child sex exploitation campaigners

Published March 10, 2015 by misty534

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‘Child sexual exploitation is happening in Warwickshire, don’t ignore it’ is the message from a new campaign.

Parents and children are being urged to look for the signs and act when they see ‘something’s not right’.

Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police, Andy Parker, said: “Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse in which children are sexually exploited for money, power or status.

“Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. They might be invited to parties and given drugs and alcohol. They may also be groomed online.

“Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can also happen to young people in gangs.”

Campaigners are encouraging people to look out for a number of signs or concerns, which include: a young person regularly missing from home or school, receiving a high volume of texts or calls, change in personal appearance, self-harming, unexplained gifts such as jewellery, and a change in behaviour.

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Detective Inspector Nigel Jones, head of the Child Sexual Exploitation service for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, said: “There are various figures on the scale of child sexual exploitation in Warwickshire, but in reality these are all estimates, and probably below what the reality is.

“We are determined to stop children being abused and exploited, to prevent harm to those being abused, bring justice to all those who commit such abhorrent crimes, and to ensure the public are confident to come forward when they require our help.

“The young person involved might not even be aware what is happening, so it might be a school friend, a parent, a taxi driver or a teacher who spots what is happening and helps bring an end to the exploitation.

“I’d urge anyone to contact us when they see something’s not right. “

“Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship”

Chief Constable Andy Parker

Call 01926 684490 to discuss your concerns or visithttp://warwickshirecse.co.uk.

A range of videos and social media trends are being used to promote the initiative.

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A senior British policeman has said that many of the people viewing indecent images of children should not go to court.

Published December 5, 2014 by misty534

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A senior British policeman has said that many of the people viewing indecent images of children should not go to court.

MOSCOW, December 5 (Sputnik) – A senior British police officer has said that as many as half of people who watch child pornography need medical help rather than a criminal investigation because they don’t present a risk to children.

“Between 16% and 50% of those people who have viewed indecent images of children are then likely to be ‘contact abusers’ [of children],” Simon Bailey, chief constable of Norfolk police and child protection and abuse lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (Acpo), told the Guardian in an interview. However, so called “non-contact abusers,” the policeman told the paper, do not “need to come into the criminal justice system in terms of being put forward before a court.”

Instead, the policeman believes that many of those viewing child sex images should receive treatment: “We have to think about an alternative solution. [We] need to engage with service providers from mental health and the health service to work with us to say these people need help.”

However, his remarks met with criticism from campaigners. Peter Saunders, chief executive of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC), told the Press Association, “People who pay others to rape and torture children are as guilty as the abusers,” but agreed that help should be provided in order to prevent abuse. “We have no issue with people who come forward saying they fear they will hurt a child getting support to prevent that happening — absolutely. That’s important too.”

Bailey admitted that his remarks could be construed as “a very unpalatable response from a senior police officer,” but said that the new approach was “based on realism.” He said such thinking is behind a new strategy put into place by police forces and the National Crime Agency to tackle child sex crime, a reversal of the previous policy which assumed that anyone viewing indecent images posed a threat to children.

Police vow to arrest even more child sex suspects

Published May 23, 2013 by misty534

 

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Police are preparing to arrest more men suspected of  being  child sex predators

Police are preparing to arrest more men suspected of  being  child sex predators.

GMP Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood told a conference held to mark the first anniversary of the jailing of the Heywood and Rochdale grooming ring to ‘expect a lot more convictions’.

He said around 550 officers were working on Operation Doublet, GMP’s bid to stamp out street grooming, adding it was a bigger priority than gun crime.

It emerged during last year’s trial – which saw nine men jailed for a total of 77 years for the rape and sexual abuse of vulnerable young girls in Rochdale and Heywood – that the gang may have contained up to 50 members although many were only identified by nicknames.

And ACC Heywood told delegates at the conference in Middleton last week that following the case, grooming and sexual exploitation were now the force’s number one priority.

He said: “We are dealing with an avalanche of child sex cases.

“Expect a lot more convictions.

“I currently have more detectives working on child sexual exploitation than I have on gun crime.

“For a place like Greater Manchester, as with any conurbation where there is a level of violence and organised criminality, that’s quite a statement.

“With that level of investment in resources a lot more convictions will come.”

Rochdale Chief Superintendent Annette Anderson added: “We have very good knowledge of the people that are committing these types of offences and abusing children in Rochdale.

“We are determined that we will disrupt and prosecute when necessary and identify children and young people at risk to give n From page one them appropriate intervention and support.”

An 11-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court last year heard Shabir Ahmed, Kabeer Hassan, Abdul Aziz, Abdul Rauf, Mohammed Sajid, Adil Khan, Abdul Qayyum, Mohammed Amin and ringleader Shabir Ahmed, who were all from Rochdale and Oldham, groomed their victims with free taxi rides and kebabs and plied them with vodka before subjecting them to horrific sexual abuse.

Police are now working to construct cases against other potential offenders in the town going back to 2003.

The conference also heard that authorities have overhauled the way they deal with reports of child sexual exploitation.

Social workers, police and the Crown Prosecution Service were criticised in the wake of last year’s case for not treating the victims’ claims seriouly enough.

But Rochdale council chief executive Jim Taylor said changes had been made since.

He added: “The sexual exploitation of children is an appalling crime that is carried out by the worst kind of criminals.

“Unfortunately, we cannot stamp out the vile instincts of the people who carry out these awful acts.

“But we can make sure our own house is in order, make sure the right systems are in place and adopt an approach that will reassure parents that we are doing everything we can to protect children.

“To the criminals that want to harm our children, I have one unequivocal message, ‘We will find you, and we will stop you’.

 

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