A group of teenagers have created a film with Fixers to help their peers spot the signs of sexual exploitation and seek help if it’s happening to them.
Sexual exploitation of young people is not always obvious, and it can be hard for a minor to realise what is happening.
The film encourages youngsters to ask themselves certain questions – such as if they’re being bargained with or told to keep secrets – to assess whether they are being exploited.
Chanelle Hopkins, 19, says: ‘We wanted to create a film about what child sexual exploitation means and the ways that children and young people can get caught up in it.
‘We want to show that it’s not just females who can be exploited, but also boys, so that they can recognise the signs, seek help and report it.’
The film shows a number of different situations – including a young girl texting someone older than her and being asked to send naked photographs and a young boy being pressured into sexual activity.
The group, from Havant, Hampshire, plans to show the film – which is aimed at young people aged 11 and upwards - in schools and colleges in the local area.
‘I hope the film will make young people realise that it’s okay to speak out,’ says Chanelle, who studied a level three BTEC public services diploma at South Downs College.
‘If things do go wrong and something like this happens, then they need to be able to tell someone about it.
'Go to your parents, teachers, the police, or confide in a friend.'
The project has been supported by Active Communities Network and Havant Neighbourhood Policing Team.
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