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August 08, 2016

Awareness of the sexual exploitation of young people in the United States and around much of the world is arguably at an all-time high. That’s why it is so dismaying to see a common-sense bill offered by state Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, facing criticism from law-enforcement groups and possible rejection by the state Assembly.

August 05, 2016

Diana clasps her hands, which seem too small to be cracked and callused, as she tells her story publicly for the first time. As a waitress and dishwasher at Costa del Sol in Pacoima, California, she said she worked close to 50 hours a week for nearly two years. She wasn’t even in middle school yet. Diana, now 13, was a victim of human trafficking.

August 02, 2016

A Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force cracked down this week on pimps and others trying to lure kids into prostitution and porn.The task force has made more than 200 arrests and rescued more than 100 children since the program began last November, officials said. Girls as young as 12 are being lured into prostitution by pimps they meet on social media or dating websites, authorities say.

July 17, 2016

The girls are 16 and 17 years old. Sometimes as young as 10. They’re brought into juvenile hall wearing miniskirts and crop tops in the middle of February. Or they show up at an urgent-care clinic with three different sexually transmitted infections, or for their second pregnancy test in two months.

July 07, 2016

Growing up, Mich Hamlin would sleep next to a trash bin in Pomona, kicking away the leaves to make room for his family to sleep.

Now, just three weeks ago, 23-year-old Hamlin graduated from college, joining the 3 percent of foster care home children to do so.
Hamlin grew up homeless with his two drug addicted parents, getting by with donations from a woman who worked at the thrift shop next door.

June 10, 2016

For most kids, daily activities include attending school or spending time with friends. Not for Alana. Like too many child sex trafficking victims, the only daily guarantee in Alana's life was that she would be raped by her trafficker and buyers who paid to engage in sexual acts with her. 


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