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Washington Co 2.25hr
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Why does this matter?
WHY doesn't she leave?
1 out of 3 teens on the street
will be approached by a pimp
within 48 hours
of leaving home.
The average age of entry into commercial sex industry is 12-14 yrs of age.
Power and control dynamics - similar to domestic violence
Average Age Identified
Affiliated with Gang
Children who have
Emotional Side Effects
Anger & Rage
Deep emotional pain
Feelings of humiliation and shame
Stigma of exploitation
Psychological Side Effects
PTSD ~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Can cause intrusive emotions and memories, flashbacks, hyperarousal & panic symptoms
Self Harm & Suicidal behaviors
Bond with perpetrator/trauma
STDs & STIs
HIV & AIDS
Loss of bowel control
Pregnancy / Sterility
Facial & Dental reconstruction
Tattoos & Branding
Substance Abuse & Addiction
Physical Side Effects
Social Side Effects
Disconnection from community
Criminal Record / Incarceration
Lack of life skills
Trust Issues / Difficulty maintaining relationships
Obstacles to vocations ~ lack of job skills
Education deprivation ~ missed school, dropped out
Relationship with money
Not being able to have eye contact
Isolation from peer groups & mainstream society
Sexual activity involving a child in
exchange for something of value, or promise thereof
, to the child or another person(s).
The child is treated as commercial or sexual object.
The Life - The Game
Clackamas County CSEC Youth
77 Youth Identified
thirty in 2017
WHO are they?
85 - 90% girls
75% have involvement with DHS or foster care placement
70 to 90% have history of sexual abuse
Manipulation filled w\ PROMISES & LOVE
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
martin Luther king Jr.
WHERE is this happening?
Accessible by I-5 and I-84
Large population of youth experiencing homelessness, with youth traveling from other areas (mild climate)
Proximity to WA state line
Legal Sex industry available
Sex positive city identity
Tracks: 82nd Ave, NE Sandy, HWY 99 McLoughlin Blvd.
WHAT does this do to them?
Washington Co CSEC Youth
2015 to 17:
38 youth identified
32 Females & 6 Males
Other recruiting techniques
"You are so unique... just what my clients are looking for"
relationship transformation - "Seasoning"
Victim may be persuaded to engage in sex acts:
"We have no money & you can make some for us"
"You only have to do this one time."
"If you love me, you will do this for US!"
If she says no, he may beat her.
She may be broken in by being gang raped.
She will be degraded and put down.
Her self-esteem decreases and she feel
she has nowhere to go.
"pimping isn't a sex game, it's a mind game. Run your women like a business."
Taking unfair advantage of the imbalance of power between an adult and a youth or child under the age of 18 for the purpose of sexual pleasure.
Can also involve remuneration in money, goods, or services, or the promise of money, goods, or services to the child.