HORRIFIC stories of young children being abused are increasing, but child sexual exploitation isn’t something that happens elsewhere – it happens here in our town too.
And the police, along with local councils via their social workers, are aiming to highlight the traits of grooming in the hope they can find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.
Behind every story we hear about grooming there is an innocent victim, maybe more than one.
Often they are young girls and they’re targeted because they are vulnerable.
What may appear to be someone trying to befriend them leads to far worse.
Only the other day we reported how later this week Kirklees councillors will review a hotel licence where teenage girls were raped in 2011.
That goes to show child sexual exploitation is happening here and we all need to do what we can to stop it.
The police have launched a campaign to increase awareness of the signs of grooming.
We need to be their eyes and ears – if you recognise those signs then tell them now before any more young people become victims of this awful crime.