What is Sexual
Sexual exploitation is the abuse of a person’s sexuality for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, or other kind of personal benefit or advantage.
It fundamentally erodes a human being’s freedom, rights and dignity.
Sexual exploitation is widespread, but its effects are most powerfully felt by the most vulnerable people.
We want a world without sexual exploitation.
And if we’re going to see that happen in our lifetime, we need to tackle the commercial and cultural forces that drive it.
What we do
We shine a light on what sexual exploitation is, where it occurs and how it contravenes our human rights. We campaign for new and better laws, advocate for policy change and hold the global sex industry to account.
We’re building a UK-wide movement of campaigners against sexual exploitation, and we’re amplifying the voices of the very best advocates for change: survivors.
How we work
If we want to make a difference, we need to work together.
We work with all kinds of organisations and individuals. From feminists to faith groups, academics to artists. The important thing is that we share the same views on why sexual exploitation happens and how it’s going to end.
Who our work covers
No human being should be subject to sexual exploitation.
We’re working to end it for all, regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, class, ability or belief.
The reality is that although anyone can become a victim of sexual exploitation, certain individuals are far more at risk. Often, this is due to intersecting factors connected to gender, race, socio-economic background and previous experiences of neglect, exploitation and abuse, particularly in childhood.
This helps to explain why young women, racial minorities and those from difficult or abusive backgrounds are disproportionately represented as victims/survivors of sexual exploitation (particularly its commercial forms).
It’s also why our work focuses heavily on tackling the forces that drive violence against women in our culture.
At CEASE, we are not equipped to support survivors directly. Instead, we have collated a directory of support services that are.
If you or someone you know have been subjected to abuse – sexual or otherwise – please reach out to the services below for advice and support.
The directory also signposts support for those wishing to exit the sex industry, concerned parents, those struggling with porn addiction, and specialised services for marginalised individuals.
We see you, we cherish you, and we support you.
Our small team is spread across the UK in Cardiff, Manchester, London and Edinburgh. We all work remotely, so our ‘office’ is on Zoom. Look forward to seeing you in the Zoom room one day!
Hi, I’m Vanessa. I’ve been working in the UK charity sector for over a decade, earning my stripes in strategic development, marketing & communications, income generation and project management.
Before I joined CEASE I ran a division of the international disability arts charity, Hijinx, where I created a multi-award winning jobs programme and hundreds of paid work opportunities for adults with learning disabilities and autism.
I’ve spent much of my career fighting for human rights and equality, and that’s what led me to CEASE. Sexual exploitation affects us all, and it will take us all to end it.
Head of PolicyShow bio
Naomi is the co-founder and trustee of CEASE. She has previously worked in television as a researcher and script editor of National Geographic documentaries and as a freelance copywriter. She’s also volunteered for a Goa-based charity serving women in the sex trade and their children.
She lives just outside Cardiff with her husband Joe and her 3 young children.
Head of Legal AdvocacyShow bio
Tom initially joined CEASE as a member of the board of trustees, before moving into his current role as Head of Legal Advocacy. In this role, he engages with Government Departments, NGOs, and Intergovernmental Organisations – including the Home Office, the Law Commission, and the United Nations – to advocate for law reform that seeks to afford better legal protections to those subjected to sexual exploitation. His recent work includes offering policy proposals on how the Modern Slavery Act 2015 can be amended to protect prostituted individuals, and why the UK Government should recognise the porn industry as a facilitator of male violence against women and girls (MVAWG).
Tom has an extensive background in the human rights and legal sectors, including working and advising on cases in the First-Tier Tribunal (SSCS), Magistrates’, High Court, and Court of Appeal (Criminal, Civil, and Family Divisions). He is a Middle Temple Gardiner Scholar, a BPP Law School Scholar receiving separate awards for both Advocacy and Career Commitment, and he graduated 1st and 2nd in his year on his Master’s degree (LLM Human Rights Law) and on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) respectively.
Project CoordinatorShow bio
Hello, I’m Layla, a London-based social justice activist and inter-disciplinary artist. Whatever the form of my work, I’m driven to desire to make radical, lasting change in society.
Since graduating from an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from LSE in 2019, I have been freelancing across the social impact and arts sectors in roles from research and creative direction, to community engagement and everything in between!
I’m currently a Young Associate with Shubbak Festival, as well as a recent graduate from the Sour Lemons “Making Lemonade” programme for emerging leaders. My theatre company Process Theatre works in partnership with Bristol charity One25 to tell the true stories of women trapped in street prostitution, and their journeys from crisis to community with the support of One25.
Youth Coalition LeadShow bio
Tilda is the Youth Coalition Lead for CEASE, where she works with our network of young people all across the UK to help further the cause to end sexual exploitation.
Born and raised in Sweden, Tilda moved to the UK for University. She has a degree in Business Management and International Relations, and a Master’s in Health and International Development.
Tilda has been active in different youth groups, such as the European Youth Parliament and Sexpression:UK. At CEASE, she works to care for and expand our network of young people. She is passionate about motivating people, and loves a good book in her time off.
If you are a young person who wants to join the cause to end sexual exploitation, reach out to her today.
Contact: [email protected]
Communications LeadShow bio
Rebecca is the Communications Lead at CEASE UK where she focuses on leading campaigns and media to support the fight to end sexual exploitation.
She read International Relations for her undergraduate degree and African Studies for her MSc. Both studies focused on political communications in the frame of children’s and women’s rights. With extensive academic and communications experience, she will use her skills to support CEASE’s cause to fight against sex abuse and exploitation.
She has experience working for a feminist political party promoting women’s rights in the UK where she worked closely with politicians, activists and other stakeholders. She also has experience in voluntary advocacy and activism work, in this sector, in various countries including UK, Zimbabwe, USA, Malawi, South Africa and more.
Engagement LeadShow bio
Luke leads CEASE’s strategic engagement and is responsible for helping to identify and foster new relationships to further CEASE’s cause and tackle sexual exploitation in the UK.
With a professional background in policing, Luke has managed criminal investigations involving sexual exploitation and developed knowledge of current frontline responses and lived experiences of these crimes in the UK. Having also managed community and public relationships in policing, Luke has a wealth of experience in strategic engagement which he has quickly utilised with CEASE.
Luke acquired an MSc in International Development and Social Anthropology at Birkbeck College, University of London and pulls on his academic study of gender and sexuality to inform his research and evidence-led work within CEASE.
Contact: [email protected]