Quay Services

Quay Services offers a regular street service, drop-in service and individual counselling for women involved in prostitution.

Quay Services provides:

  • Condoms, lube and panic alarms
  • Access to injecting equipment and paraphernalia, including safe disposal
  • Access to complementary services
  • Advice and information on prostitution, drugs, alcohol and related issues
  • 'Safer' working advice and information
  • Advice, information and support to help women achieve significant changes in their lives
  • Referral to other support services
  • Support to ‘exit’ sex work
  • Dried blood spot testing
  • Naloxone training

For more information on Quay Services, go to www.quayservices.co.uk

Green Light Project

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:

  • One-to-one advice, support and information for young people
  • Group work programmes for young people
  • Awareness raising and training events for professionals
  • Joint working and referral to other services as appropriate, in line with GIRFEC principles
  • Help to access community resources, services and support

Sexual exploitation and young people

What is sexual exploitation?

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.’

What are the most common signs/indicators of young people being sexually exploited?

  •  Running away
  •  Abusive relationship
  •  Alcohol and drug use
  •  Low self esteem
  • Change in appearance
  • Absconding with older people
  • Acting older than actual age
  • Staying out late
  • Hanging out with older peers
  • Information from Facebook
  • Older boyfriend
  • Contact/hanging about with Schedule 1 offender
  • Sexting photographs
  • Self report
  • Relationships with abusive men
  • Change in partners
  • Secretive behaviors
  • Memory loss
  • Increase in sexualized language
  • Rumours from other young people

I think someone may be grooming me. How do I know?

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:

  • The person is interested in your exact location, who you are with and who is nearby
  • They don’t want you to tell anyone about your ‘relationship’ and to keep it a secret from others
  • They talk about things that make you feel uncomfortable
  • They ask about your sexual experience, or how you feel about doing certain sexual things
  • They ask about what you are wearing, or wear to school or bed
  • They are interested to find out whether you have a boyfriend/girlfriend
  • They like to know your timetable or schedule and when you will be alone or not with your parents or caregivers
  • They like to communicate with you (phone, text, chat room etc) at strange times, e.g. in the middle of the night when everyone is asleep
  • They ask if you are unhappy or lonely, and whether you get ‘enough attention’ or get along with your parents or caregivers
  • They want to meet with you alone or in secret
  • They offer you a separate mobile phone so they can keep in contact with you all the time
  • They want to send and receive sexual images of you, them or others
  • They ask you to go onto pornographic websites
  • They may be a lot older than you
  • They want to give you gifts
  • They ask you to use a webcam with them
  • They already know information about you that you have not told them

I think I am being groomed. What can I do?

If you think you or someone you know is being groomed you can:

  • Tell an adult you trust
  • Cut contact with the person
  • Change mobile numbers and 'unfriend'/block the person
  • Report them to CEOP
  • Make sure you don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know
  • Make sure your privacy settings are set to friends only
  • Deactivate Facebook and any other social networking sites
  • Turn off the location on your devices

If you are scared to tell anyone because you have been threatened, contact the police.

What is sex texting?

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.

What happens if I send sexual images/sex texts?

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.