Human Traffic Watch

San Francisco Works to End Child Sex Trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on August 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Display of merchandise to raise awareness at the Conference to End Child Sex Trafficking in San Francisco on Friday, Aug 2. (Isabel Angell/KQED)

Display of merchandise to raise awareness at the Conference to End Child Sex Trafficking in San Francisco on Friday, Aug 2. (Isabel Angell/KQED)

Last week, the FBI rescued 105 children from sex-trafficking rings across the country, including 12 in San Francisco, the most of any city. The bureau says San Francisco is one of the major hubs of child trafficking in the United States.

On Friday, at a conference put on by the San Francisco Coalition Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT), nearly 200 people gathered to brainstorm about how to change that.

Minouche Kandel, a policy director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, said she hoped concrete recommendations would emerge on how to help victims and prevent trafficking. Kandel said most children trafficked in the U.S. are American citizens, with 60 percent having resided in foster care before being exploited by traffickers.

“They were in the foster care system, so these are children we have the responsibility for,” Kandel said. “They’re coming through our city agencies, and we need to look at what we can do to prevent them from being trafficked sexually.”

KQED

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