Launch of Exploitation Animation
The Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and local award-winning production company My Pockets have produced an animation and resource pack for Not In Our Community to be used by teachers, parents and support workers to educate 10–12 year-olds on the dangers of Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation.
The animation, called ‘Anywhere Kids’ is the second stage of the Not In Our Community 5-in-5 campaign bringing new and exciting, locally co-produced resources launched across the Humberside Police force area every week over 5 weeks. #5in5
‘Anywhere Kids’ uses aspects of real stories from real victims in our area to tell the story of how young people are groomed, coerced and trapped into exploitation such as drug dealing, forced criminality and sexual exploitation, and seeks to open a dialogue with younger children about some of the dangers they may face online or in person and how they might protect themselves from being targeted by exploiters and organised criminal gangs.
Andrew Smith, coordinator of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership said: “Finding new ways of reaching young people in Humberside is a top priority for us and our partners. Seeing first-hand the devastating effects this despicable type of crime has on young people and their families, we are determined to bring partners together to take the fight straight to the criminals and organised criminal gangs who are relentless in finding new ways to exploit and harm our young people for their own gain.
“These criminals destroy our children’s lives for profit, they tear families apart and show little regard for the lasting damage they often do. As this issue becomes increasingly complex, we must work hard to find more suitable and lasting solutions by which to safeguard our young people. This must always begin with education and empowerment. By giving young people the knowledge and confidence to push back against those who would take advantage of them we are building the foundations of more resilient communities that drive out exploitation and say no to all forms of slavery”.
Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said, “Child exploitation is a form of modern day slavery and one we are working hard to raise awareness and encourage the reporting of. It is encouraging to see the Modern Slavery Partnership and the Not In Our Community campaign come together to deliver this resource.
“Early intervention needs to do just that; start early, and I hope this animation will provide a new tool for teachers and youth engagement professionals to raise awareness across younger age groups.”
Watch ‘Anywhere Kids’ below or on YouTube HERE