Taking Action to Protect Sexually Exploited Children

December 01, 2015

For as long as anyone can remember, children who are bought and sold for sex have either been ignored or, when they do catch our attention, arrested and incarcerated–and then released right back into the streets.

In the past few years a handful of California counties have seen their probation departments and juvenile courts rethink and retool. Some excellent and innovative programs have sprung up (S.T.A.R. Court in Los Angeles County and Girls Courts in Alameda, Orange, Sacramento, and San Mateo counties to name few). The treatment, as opposed to punishment, offered to child victims of trafficking through these programs has been a welcome reform.