Child Trafficking

Every day, thousands of children across America are bought and sold for sex. NCYL advocates on behalf of this highly vulnerable population with the goal of preventing trafficking and effectively intervening with children that do fall victim. NCYL raises public awareness about the plight of these children and helps formulate and implement public policies that will address their needs effectively.

Policy Work

Treating Sex Trafficked Children as Victims

June 23, 2016
California is one of several states that continue to criminalize Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) by charging them with prostitution, loitering with intent, and other crimes committed as a result of their victimization. In 2015, 235 minors were arrested for these two specific offenses.
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California Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program

May 12, 2015
The Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Program is administered by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). Counties that elect to participate in the CSEC Program must develop an interagency protocol that utilizes a multidisciplinary response for serving CSEC. Participating counties will receive funding to…

Latest News

Bill would end criminalizing children for prostitution - SF Gate

August 7, 2016
California would no longer prosecute minors for prostitution under a bill in the state Legislature, a move law enforcement agencies say would make it more difficult to prosecute pimps. Supporters of SB1322 say many children caught selling sex are the victims of human traffickers and…

OPD Sex Scandal Puts Spotlight on Bay Area Sex Trafficking - KQED-FM

August 4, 2016
Many Bay Area agencies have made fighting sex trafficking a top priority in recent years. But the Oakland Police Department’s sexual misconduct scandal involving several officers and an underage sex worker has raised concerns over law enforcement’s ability to effectively enforce trafficking. In the wake…