Police start online campaign to tackle child sex predators
6 hours ago
- From the section Scotland
will run across social media and digital platforms for the next month
warning potential and existing child sex predators that officers are “on
Chief Constable Phil Gormley said he would not tolerate Scottish children being groomed.
The Scottish government is supporting the £40,000 campaign.
The campaign outlines how abusers gain power over their victims by violence, coercion or intimidation.
They often target young people by offering them something, such as food, drugs, alcohol, gifts or affection, in return for sex.
‘Groomed for abuse’
drive’s digital launch follows two weeks of phone box adverts being
placed across Scotland where abusers are known to target young people.
Chief Constable Phil Gormley said: “Children across Scotland, both boys and girls, are being groomed for sex by predators.
kind of insidious behaviour can, at times, be hidden under a veil of
seemingly innocent contact when in reality the child is being groomed to
be sexually abused.
“Sexually exploiting a child will not be
tolerated and our message to perpetrators is simple: we know how you
operate, where you operate and the techniques you use. We’re on to you.”
Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Keeping children safe from abuse and
exploitation is a key priority for the Scottish government and we fully
support the work of Police Scotland to tackle those who prey on
The charity Barnardos Scotland, which is also supporting the campaign, urged people to report any concerns they might have.
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