Online Sexual Exploitation
A child who is experiencing onine enticement may be:
spending increasing time online.
getting upset when he or she is not allowed on their device.
taking extra steps to conceal what they are doing online.
receiving gifts from people you don’t know.
Possible indicators of A child who is a victim of sex trafficking:
A significantly older boyfriend/girlfriend
special marks, tattoos, or branding
multiple delinquent charges
new clothes, jewelry, or phone that cannot be accounted for
sudden change in appearance or behavior
Be fearful of police/authorities
Exhibit signs of physical and psychological trauma e.g. anxiety, lack of memory of recent events, bruising, untreated conditions
Have limited freedom of movement, because they are being watched
A child who is being sexually abused is often forced to perform the “services” by an older person in a position of power or trust. The abuser may also coerce the child through some form of a favor, such as alcohol, drugs, attention or gifts. You may notice a child that is:
Often going missing
Showing evidence of physical/sexual assault (including STD’s)
In relationships with significantly older people
Traveling with an older man
Has unexplained money/presents
Experimenting with drugs/alcohol
Seen entering or leaving vehicles with unknown adults
Showing signs of low self image/self harm/eating disorder
Taking part in social activities with no plausible explanation