Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

The goal of this program is to connect with youth and support them.

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The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child, for the financial benefit of any person, or in exchange for anything of value, including monetary and non-monetary benefits. All commercially sexually exploited minors are victims, regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion.

KidsFirst has developed program in Placer County to address the growing challenge of CSEC for those in or at risk of being exploited in our community. KidsFirst provides community-based support to meet the immediate and long term needs of youth in Placer County.

The goal of this program is to connect with youth and support them with linkages, safety planning, navigating supportive systems, crisis intervention, assessments, short-term mental health services and harm-reduction education. The CSEC Team utilizes a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach to engage and build relationships with youth. The team connects with youth through community-based engagement and interventions.

KidsFirst provides resources and links to services designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of youth and their families. KidsFirst CSEC team is co-located and works collaboratively with Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, Mental Health Agencies, Probation and Children’s System of Care.

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How To Report

Notional Human Trafficking Hotline

Call 1.88.373.7888 or text "HELP" to BEFREE(233733)

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24 Hour Placer County Child Welfare Hotline

Call 1.866.293.1940

How To Identify CSEC

  • Withdrawal from friends and family
  • sudden change in demeanor
  • Atypical promiscuous behavior 
  • Angry, aggressive, or fearful 
  • In possession of clothing, jewelry, or electronics that cannot afford
  • Unable or unwilling to give local address or info about caregiver
  • Irregular school attendance, change in grades, inability to concentrate, extreme exhaustion 
  • Unexplained injuries
  • Claim of older boyfriend or girlfriend 

Youth At High Risk

  • History of abuse
  • Chronic runaway or unhoused
  • Undocumented citizenship status 
  • Family or personal substance abuse
  • Unaccepted or rejected LGBTQ+ youth 
  • Low self-esteem or self-worth 
  • Physical or developmental disabilities
  • Low socio-economic status
  • Unstable or unsafe home environment 
  • Trauma related mental health issue
  • Lack of physical or online supervision
  • Involvement with foster care, probation, etc.

Pathways Of Entry

  • Seduction or coercion
  • Peer recruitment
  • Parents selling their children
  • False advertising for employment, including sales, modeling, or acting
  • Chat rooms and social media
  • Gang related exploitation
  • Kidnapping, violence, and force 

Recruitment Tactics

  • Warmth, affection, gifts, intimacy, and compliments
  • Elaborate promises of a better life, fast money, and future luxuries
  • Physical and sexual abuse with intermittent affection
  • Fear, threats, and intimidation 

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