Child sex abuse targeted by Cumbria hotels and police

Hotel staff in Cumbria are being trained by police to recognise the signs of sex abuse.

The force is working with Cumbria Tourism in an attempt to crack down on child sex exploitation (CSE).

Among the things staff are warned to look out for are young people checking in with significantly older males, or appearing nervous or withdrawn.

Other indications include people who refuse to use bank cards, or refuse to have their rooms cleaned or visited.

Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 action can be taken against hotels allowing child sexual exploitation to take place on their premises.

Det Insp Roy Ledingham, from Cumbria Constabulary's Public Protection Unit, said: "CSE can take many forms. For example it could be a young person having sex in return for attention, gifts, alcohol or cigarettes.

"Many people think that because Cumbria has a low crime rate that child sexual exploitation does not happen here.

"However, CSE can happen to any child, anywhere, which is why it is so important that people are aware of the issue."

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