Police go online to tackle child sexual exploitation

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Police are hitting the web in a bid to tackle child sexual exploitation.

As part of West Yorkshire Police’s ‘Know the Signs’ campaign, an online discussion is set to take place at 7pm on Tuesday, June 25.

Users can log onto http://www,westyorkshire.police.uk/csewebchat and join in the hour long chat.

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee and Chief Superintendent Angela Williams will be offering advice and answering any questions.

They will be joined by a representative from ISIS, the young person service within the Leeds based charity Genesis.

Temporary Assistant Chief Con Lee says it will be an opportunity for people to discuss the issues surrounding Child Sexual Exploitation and the indicators of this crime.

“It is important that people have the opportunity to engage with the police and partners on a subject that affects all communities.

“Many people will now have seen or heard about our current ‘Know the Signs’ campaign and may have questions of their own about this crime.

“The online panel is made up of some experienced individuals who have first hand knowledge in this area.

“I would therefore urge people to join us in this discussion and understand what this crime entails.

“Child Sexual Exploitation takes place through many mediums, including internet forums.

“The forthcoming web-chat should spread the word within the online community that this behaviour will not be tolerated on any level.

“Our aim is to get people talking about this subject and to understand when, where or how this offence takes place. It can affect all neighbourhoods, irrespective of age, gender or ethnicity.”