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, London and Edinburgh. We all work remotely, so our ‘office’ is on Zoom. Look forward to seeing you in the Zoom room one day!
Chief ExecutiveShow bio
Over the last fifteen years I have worked to address sexual exploitation in a range of professional and voluntary roles, including research, policy, advocacy and direct support for survivors of sexual harm. As Senior Research Fellow at the Safer Young Lives Centre (University of Bedfordshire), I was part of an award-winning team researching gang-associated exploitation, the care system, and new ways of understanding and improving young people’s safety.
I was one of the founding members of Faiths Against Child Sexual Exploitation, and have spent ten years as Chair of Trustees and a front-line volunteer with a charity supporting women exploited through prostitution.
Chair of TrusteesShow bio
Naomi is the co-founder and Chair of Trustees 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 Policy & Public AffairsShow bio
Hi, I’m Gemma, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at CEASE.
I have worked across a range of organisations – leading, developing and running advocacy, policy, research and campaign strategies and activities – in national and international contexts.
I am passionate about ending all forms of sexual exploitation, gender inequality and male violence against women and girls. I hold a Master of Arts in Human Trafficking, Migration and Organised Crime and Master of Arts in Equality Studies.
Having worked in the area of political advocacy and campaigning for nearly ten years, I wholeheartedly believe that we can dismantle the power systems that sexual abuse and exploitation are built upon and I am privileged to undertake that journey with CEASE.
Head of CommunicationsShow bio
Hi, I’m Jo. I’m the Head of Communications for CEASE.
After studying at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture, I’ve led communications across academia, government and the NHS.
With specialisms in behaviour change, social marketing and crisis communications, I am a proven deliverer of impactful campaigns.
Making a difference is central to what drives me. I feel privileged to work for an organisation committed to tackling the root causes of sexual exploitation, which will make the world my children grow up in a safer and more accountable place.
Programmes & Administrative OfficerShow bio
Tilda is the Programmes & Administrative Officer for CEASE, where she spearheads the delivery of CEASE programmes and ensures the smooth running of day-to-day activities.
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. She is passionate about good people, good food, and loves a good book in her spare time.
Advisor / Team Member of Expose the HarmShow bio
Dr Elly Hanson is a Clinical Psychologist, writer and researcher whose work has a focus on preventing abuse, harm and injustice. She undertakes consultation, research, teaching and training, working with schools, the criminal justice system, charities and social workers. Elly’s recent writing and analysis has focussed on online forces and dynamics conducive to sexual abuse and exploitation, and her publications include ‘Pornography and Human Futures’, the first report for Fully Human, a new initiative of the PSHE Association.
For ten years Elly worked with CEOP (the Child Exploitation and Online Protection agency) and she is on the NCA’s database of Expert Advisors. She also works therapeutically with survivors of abuse, and has previously worked with adults with addictions, children who are looked after, and those with harmful sexual behaviour.
Elly is an advisor to CEASE and part of the Expose the Harm team.