Safe & Sound Derby hopes that the Oxford grooming case will raise awareness of the issue among parents, carers and young people.
The charity spoke out after seven members of a sex grooming ring were convicted of abusing children from Oxford.
An Old Bailey jury heard six girls were drugged and suffered sadistic abuse while aged between 11 and 15.
The court heard victims were plied with alcohol and drugs before being forced to perform sex acts. Some had also been beaten, burnt and threatened.
Nine men had denied charges including rape, arranging child prostitution and trafficking between 2004 and 2012. Two were acquitted of all charges.
Safe and Sound Derby helps children and young people who are being, or who are at risk of being sexually exploited.
Chief executive Nathalie Walters said: “This has been a truly horrific case with the defendants appearing to have demonstrated the kind of predatory behaviour which is often typical in child sexual exploitation cases.
“The court was told how victims were passed around at parties and made to have sex with the defendants’ friends and they were threatened with violence if they did not comply.
“We would like to praise the victims for their bravery in going to court and reliving their ordeal. Now that the verdicts have been delivered, we hope that they get the support they need to move on and lead normal lives.
“Once again, this case brings child sexual exploitation into the national spotlight and we hope that it raises awareness of the issues among parents, carers and young people as well as those agencies involved in keeping children safe.”
Ms Walters said there were a number of warning signs that could suggest a child is being, or is at risk of being, sexually exploited.
· Frequently going missing from home or school
· Going out late at night and not returning until morning
· Being picked up in cars by unknown adults
· A significantly older ‘boyfriend’ or ‘friend’
· Unexplained money, mobile phone credit or a new mobile phone
· Changes in behaviour, for example becoming secretive or aggressive
· Increased use of mobile phones
· Involvement in criminal activity