Police have unveiled their latest tactic to prevent children being sexually exploited.
A video designed to alert people of the tactics used by paedophiles and groomers has been published on video-sharing website, You Tube.
It is the latest move in West Yorkshire Police’s ‘Know the Signs’ campaign.
Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee said: “The video provides a fictional scenario, based on genuine child sexual exploitation cases.
“It describes the experiences of a 14 year old girl and a relationship she has struck up with an older man. The recording highlights how she is drawn into the situation and an insight into the tactics used by people who sexually exploit children.
“It goes on to explain how the young girl is given a new phone by the abuser just so that he can communicate with her. He then starts to pick her up and drive her around in his car all night. The young girl does not even think that she is a victim at this point.”
The video exposes known tactics used by groomers and abusers including giving vulnerable victims gifts and encouraging them to distance themselves from friends and families.
Temp Ast Chief Con Lee said: “This results in a downward spiral of smoking, drinking and drug abuse before being introduced to more and more of his friends.
“Within a relatively short space of time, she finds herself waking up with different men, before she finally calls the police and the man is caught.
“The whole scenario is representative of the shocking and upsetting outcomes concerning child sexual exploitation. The purpose of this video, however; is to alert people to the signs before it reaches this stage so it can be prevented.
“In knowing the signs, people can quickly report them to the police, allowing us to take positive action.”
For more information or to see the video visit www.westyorkshire.police.uk/cse
To contact police call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.