19/12/2011 13:41 GMT

Child Sex Trafficking Will Be Tackled By Plymouth Students And NHS

Child sex trafficking is to be tackled by Plymouth students who will collaborate with the NHS to produce a film in the hope of raising awareness about the risks.

Students Millie Steel, Jessica Linden, both 18, and Chloe Adams, 17, will focus on children who have been kidnapped by traffickers and forced into the sex trade. They hope to help people identify children who have been, or are at risk of, trafficking.

Filming will take place early next year in Plymouth and London, with the aim of being premiered at the end of March. Rob Chadwick, the girls' media lecturer at City College Plymouth, said it was an "unbelievable opportunity".

"This is the biggest project we've ever arranged for the media students and it is a huge responsibility for them to take on. I'm very proud of the three students involved and I am sure they will deliver a fantastic product."

The teenagers will be helped by lecturers at the college, as well as NHS staff.

Plymouth Hospital nurse Sarah Shelley, who is responsible for the safeguarding of children at the NHS trust, siad she was "delighted" to be working with the girls.

"This is an ideal opportunity to combine our resources and to a produce a quality short film on the subject of sex trafficking. We will ensure that the students are fully supported and we look forward to working with them on this exciting project."

The team hopes to secure an interview with a Member of Parliament as part of the film.