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COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN (CSEC)

What is Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children?

Any  time a child is involved in commercial sex including: prostitution, sexual services, exotic dance or performance, sex tourism, transactional or survival sex (food, clothing, place to stay, or drugs), and child marriage.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING RESOURCE CENTER (NHTRC). Call 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733). NHTRC is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls and texts from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

For Current Information about Human Trafficking,
visit the website of the Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking

The RRCAHT website includes

  • upcoming events in Rochester

  • regional, national and international news

  • information for educators, the hospitality industry, law enforcement, and other specific professionals

  • resources and links

  • videos

 

FIVE THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
from the U.S. Department of State

1. Modern slavery exists in the 21st century, even in the United States.
2. Human trafficking does not require movement or the crossing of borders.
3. Anyone can be a victim of human trafficking.
4. The illegal profits made from the use of forced labor in the private economy worldwide amount to $150.2 billion per year, according to the International Labor Organization. Two thirds of the profits ($99 billion a year) are generated by commercial sexual exploitation exacted by fraud or force. One third of the profits ($51.2 billion each year) are made from forced labor exploitation.
5. The food you eat, the products you buy, and the consumer items you use on a daily basis may have been produced by the victims of forced labor.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A. Federal and New York State Legislation

A1. House Passes Bills Aimed at Stemming Human Trafficking, New York Times, May 20, 2014

A2. U.S. House Passes Child Trafficking Bill, Democrat and Chronicle, July 26, 2014

B. Glossary of Terms

C. League of Women Voters of the United States position on Human Trafficking

D. League of Women Voters of New York position on Human Trafficking

E. Center for Youth Services presentation, an introduction to the topic of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, Center for Youth Services, and the Safe Harbour program

F. Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States a 479-page report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies (Sept. 2013)

G. White House announcement of the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States. (Jan. 14, 2014)

H. Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in Eight Major US Cities, a major report by the Urban Institute detailing the economics of the sex trade (March 12, 2014)

I. Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States:A Guide for Providers of Victim and Support Services a 53-page report by the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies (June 2014)

J. NEW!!! 2014 Trafficking in Persons Report by the U.S. Department of State. (June 20, 2014)

II. LOCAL INITIATIVES AND NEWS

A. Rochester Regional Coalition Against Human Trafficking Facebook page, a source for activities taking place in the Rochester area

B. ChildRight New York, a project to develop an effective statewide response to child trafficking. Monroe County was selected as one of the five pilot areas.

C. Local Conviction for Sex Trafficking of Minors - Democrat and Chronicle, January 9, 2014

D. Changing View of Sex Trafficking - Democrat and Chronicle, February 14, 2014

E. Sisters Sentenced in Sex Trafficking Case - FBI, June 30, 2014

F. Monroe County Safe Harbour releases two PSA videos on child sex trafficking - Democrat and Chronicle, July 3, 2014

G. Monroe County Safe Harbour releases two PSA videos on child sex trafficking - WHEC-10, July 2, 2014

H. Activists Bring Human Trafficking Campaign to Rochester - Democrat and Chronicle, July 30, 2014

III. DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOS)

A. The Polaris Project, a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery, and its New York State Report State Ratings 2013

B. ECPAT-USA, a policy organization fighting CSEC by raising awareness of the issue, advocating for the victims, developing policy for private companies, law enforcement, and government bodies to fight the problem, and advocating for legislation that protects the victims and penalizes the traffickers and exploiters.

C. GEMS (Girls Educational and Mentoring Services), an organization with a mission to empower young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.

IV. NEWS FROM OTHER STATES

A. Day One in Rhode Island

B. Almost a victim of sex trafficking, teen says Eugene police officer saved her life

C. Human Trafficking training course added to [PA] police training

D. Anti-Human Trafficking Billboards on Display [Dayton, OH]

IV. VIDEOS

A. "Confronting Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Sex Trafficking of Minors in the United States" video by the Institute of Medicine (3 min.)

B. "International Boulevard" video by two students at the Oakland School of the Arts (5 min.)

B. "What I've Been Through Is Not Who I Am" documentary by ECPAT-USA (21 min.)

C. "Our America: 3am Girls" episode of Our America (OWN) with Lisa Ling (43 min.)

D. Ramsey County, Minnesota, Attorney's Office "Making A Difference: Ways To Help Prevent Sex Trafficking" training video for hotels (21 min.)

E. Emmy-nominated video by San Bernadino County, CA, Assistant District Attorney "Teenage $ex 4 $ale: Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County” (45 min.)

V. POSTERS

A. "Lured by Fairy Tales Promises, She Learned Not Every Prince was Charming", U.S. Department of Homeland Security

B. "A victim of trafficking may look like many of the people you see every day", U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

C. "A victim of trafficking may look like many of the patients you see every day" for health care professionals, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

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