Sexual exploitation is a common youth issue that involves someone under the age of 18 exchanging a sexual act for something in return. The purpose of this exchange is the exploitation of a child or youth's needs. A sexual act can be exchanged for money, food, shelter, protection, love, acceptance, popularity, and anything else. It is never the child or youth's fault, even in the case of self driven exploitation.
Some forms of sexual exploitation include:
There are 5 warning signs of grooming into sexual exploitation. They do not all happen at once and not all of them need to be present. Reach out if your relationship displays any of the following:
5 warning signs of grooming into sexual exploitation and human trafficking Infographic.
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