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Antonovich: County needs sex trafficking task force

Posted: November 23, 2012 2:16 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2012 2:16 p.m.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has proposed a countywide task force charged with addressing the problem of sex trafficking of minors in the foster care system.

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services would lead the task force and work with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s, Probation and Mental Health departments, along with the District Attorney’s Office and Los Angeles Police Department under Antonovich’s proposal, which goes to the rest of the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

In 2010, the Los Angeles County Probation Department recorded 174 children who had been sexually trafficked.

Nearly 70 percent of those were part of child welfare services, according to a release from Antonovich’s office.

The average age for a child to become sexually trafficked is 12, and the average life expectancy from that point on is seven years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.

“Los Angeles County is considered a hub for child sex trafficking,” Antonovich said in a release. “Given that most of these youth have a long history of abuse and neglect and are involved in the foster care system, it is critical that the county address this issue.”

The primary focuses of the task force would be to examine how to stop the recruitment of foster children into sex trafficking, and how to rehabilitate those who have been trafficked.




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