GROOMING & TRAFFICKING
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- Grooming is when someone falsely gains your trust to persuade or trick you into doing something sexual with them or others.
- They might use secrecy, blame, gifts or threats of violence to stop you from telling somebody.
- Adults and young people can experience grooming from men and women of all different ages.
- Quite often the person who is grooming you will want you to think that you are in a relationship with them and that they are your boyfriend or girlfriend. But what is really happening could be sexual exploitation.
- No one should ever tell you to have sex with someone you don’t want to.
64% of women who are currently involved in prostitution said that they were initially groomed into sex work.
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- Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to compel adults and young people to engage in commercial sex acts against their will.
- The situations that sex trafficking victims face vary dramatically. Many victims become romantically involved with someone who then forces or manipulates them into prostitution.
- Women, men, and young people are lured in with false promises of a job, such as modelling or dancing. Some are forced to sell sex by their parents or other family members.
- Women and men may be involved in a trafficking situation for a few days or weeks or may remain in the same trafficking situation for years.
- Women and men can be trafficked in to other countries, but, this can also include being moved around the UK.
The Home Office estimates that there are up to 13,000 victims of human trafficking and modern slavery in the UK.