CSEC ( Commercially Sexually Exploited Children) Case Management – Providing services and resources for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation in the Kent community.
During the past several years, Kent PD and Kent Youth and Family Services identified a need to bring a victim advocate to the Kent community to work in partnership specifically with victims of human trafficking. In June 2017, Kent Police and Kent Youth and Family Services applied for and awarded a grant from DSHS. The result is a full time CESC victim advocate housed at Kent Youth and Family Services who will work collaboratively with the Kent Police Department to provide resources and services for identified human trafficking. This Program serves youth ages 12–25. Primary focus of the work is twofold: Prevention and Providing direct services.
We hear “human trafficking” all the time…what does it actually mean?
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC): Refers to a range of crimes involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a minor for financial benefit or in exchange for anything of value (including non-monetary benefits) given or received by any person.
CSEC includes situations where a minor, (whether or not at the direction of any other person) engages in sexual activity in exchange for anything of value, which includes things such as money, food, shelter, drugs, or protection from any person.
Addressing an identified community need, Kent Police Department and Kent Youth and Family Services have hired a Case Manager to provide services to victims of commercial sexual exploitation (sex trafficking) and other at-risk populations. This collaborative partnership was awarded a grant though DSHS in June of 2017 to provide services to youth in Kent ages 12–25.
- Case management to youth who have been identified as at-risk/suspected of being exploited.
- Follow-up on runaway reports.
- Community trainings in schools and other agencies.
- Community engagement.
- Employment Services
- Housing (referrals and services at KYFS)
- Substance Use Disorder Referrals
- Mental Health Referrals
- Advocacy & Support
Commonalities between exploited persons (who’s at-risk?)
- Chronic School Absences (truant)
- Frequent runaway
- Foster Care
- History of abuse/neglect
- Substance Use Disorder
- Multiple Cell Phones
- Multiple Texting Apps
- Multiple Social Media Accounts
- Expensive items (watches, clothing, jewelry)
- Fake ID
- New “older boyfriend”
- Excess cash
A Survivor’s Perspective:
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