Foster Homes and Teen Sex Trafficking

The majority of young people arrested on prostitution charges in Los Angeles County come from the county’s own foster care system, according to county officials. Even more shocking, pimps use child sex workers to recruit fellow foster care children who are currently living in shelters and foster homes.

Supervisor Michael Antonovich introduced a motion to establish a task force to investigate sex trafficking in the foster care system, which was passed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The recently passed Proposition 35, or the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act, strengthens penalties against human traffickers and decriminalizes prostitution for minors. But decriminalization means a shift of responsibility towards the county Department of Children and Family Services — a responsibility that the department says it’s unprepared to handle.

The task force examining foster care victims will report back with recommendations in six months.

Learn more at Kathleen Miles’ Huffington Post article: Foster Homes A Majority Of The Time, County Says.

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