- Families & Young People
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Quay Services offers a regular street service, drop-in service and individual counselling for women involved in prostitution.
Quay Services provides:
For more information on Quay Services, go to www.quayservices.co.uk
The Green Light Project (GLP) is a specialist service for anyone under the age of 25 in Aberdeen city or Aberdeenshire on any issue relating to sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can take many forms from the seemingly ‘consensual’ relationship (where sexual activity is exchanged for attention, affection, accommodation or gifts) to serious organised crime and trafficking. What marks out exploitation is an imbalance of power within the relationship.
The Green Light Project provides:
Child sexual exploitation is defined as: “Any involvement of a child or a young person below 18 in sexual activity for which remuneration of cash or in kind is given to the young person or a third person or persons. The perpetrator will have power over the child by virtue or one or more of the following – age, emotional maturity, gender, physical strength, intellect and economic and other resources e.g. access to drugs.” (Scottish Executive, 2003).
The Department of Children, Schools and Families (2009) publishes a more in-depth and up-to-date definition:
‘The sexual exploitation of children and young people under 18 involves exploitative situations, contexts and relationships where young people (or a third person or persons) receive something (e.g. food, accommodation, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, affections, gifts, money) as a result of them performing, and/or another or others performing on them sexual activities. Child sexual exploitation can occur through the use of technology without the Child’s immediate recognition; for example being persuaded to post sexual images on the internet/mobile phones without immediate payment or gain. In all cases those exploiting the child/young person have the power over them by virtue of their age, gender, intellect, physical strength and/or economic or other resources. Violence, coercion and intimidations are common, involvement in exploitative relationships being characterised in the main by the child's or young person's limited availability of choice resulting from their social/economic and/or emotional vulnerability.’
It is sometimes very difficult to recognize when you are being groomed online but it is better to be cautious and look out for ‘clues’. Points to watch out for:
If you think you or someone you know is being groomed you can:
If you are scared to tell anyone because you have been threatened, contact the police.
Also known as 'sexting', this is when someone sends or receives a text message of a sexual nature. This includes explicit text, pictures or video clips.
Once the message has been sent you are no longer in control of where it goes and who receives it. It can be passed from person to person and can even end up online on pornographic websites. Even with apps like Snapchat, images can still be kept as a screen shot or secretly saved with the use of another app without the sender knowing it has happened.