The detective in charge of tackling child sexual exploitation in SouthYorkshire has urged parents to look out for signs their children are being groomed for sex.
Temporary detective superintendent Phil Etheridge was speaking at a briefing about how child sexual exploitation is being tackled by South Yorkshire Police after the force came in for criticism last year.
He said: “What parents should be looking for is a change in behaviour. Most teenagers change to some extent but are they coming back with gifts they can’t afford? have they got a new phone that’s internet ready? have they changed their physical appearance? “All children want to experiment in their teenage years to achieve adulthood but I’m talking about massive changes – is your innocent 12-year-old girl dressing inappropriately for her age?” Read on…..