A TAXI driver failed to attend a Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) awareness training event because he went to the wrong venue.
In total, 340 Denbighshire taxi drivers have attended a one hour CSE awareness course with eleven drivers in total missing out for a variety of reasons including being on holiday. One went to the wrong venue.
According to a report to Denbighshire County Council's Licensing Committee, Licensing officers, with the assistance and input from Social Services, North Wales Police and the charity Barnardo’s, introduced a programme of Awareness events starting in the summer of 2016.
In total there were 17 sessions over five different dates across the county, primarily in Rhyl but also in Ruthin and Denbigh.
A final “mop up” event was arranged for late January 2017 and every driver who had not attended up to that date were contacted by letter and either by phone or in person.
The training is mandatory in the county for all licensed taxi drivers.
According to guidance issued by the council, if a taxi driver transports a child knowing or believing that child will be sexually exploited during or after the journey that driver will commit the offence of human trafficking
The offence is described as when “a person intentionally arranges or facilitates the travel of a person within the UK for the purposes of sexual exploitation”.
The maximum sentence for human trafficking is 14 years imprisonment.