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April 04, 2016

“We’ve always known there’s no such thing as a child prostitute and now, thanks to the Associated Press, millions more Americans will know that too.

​The Associated Press’s decision to end the use of the phrase “child prostitute” is not only a win for accuracy in reporting, but it will go a long way toward changing attitudes about girls who are victims of child sex trafficking. These children are victims of child rape, and they should be treated as such.

April 01, 2016

The California Child Welfare Council is inviting survivors of sexual exploitation to join the ranks of its Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Action Team, specifically as members of its advisory board.

The 10-person advisory board will provide input to the larger action team as well as other stakeholders regarding policy serving exploited and at-risk youth. Topics will include identification of and services for sexually trafficked youth, prevention and intervention strategies, training curriculum for professionals working with this population and more.

February 23, 2016

According to research released in January, the nine states that enacted safe harbor laws by 2012 were found to lack adequate funding for services necessary to aid commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC).

Safe harbor laws aim to enhance protections for sexually exploited children by decriminalizing youth prostitution and/or establishing methods to re-direct exploited children from the justice system into the child welfare system. The trafficking of such victims hit a dramatic spike during the Super Bowl earlier this month.

February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Monserrat Zarza was 15 years old when she was assigned to a group home, only six months after entering the Los Angeles County foster care system. Group homes provide a placement option for hard-to-place children “with significant emotional or behavioral problems,” according to the state of California.

Being in an environment with several dozen other troubled kids was not what Zarza expected when she gathered the courage to pick up her phone and ask for help after a decade of physical and emotional abuse by her mother. She was hoping for a real family home. The idea of a group home scared her.

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