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November 23, 2012
For Immediate Release
ANTONOVICH CALLS FOR TASK FORCE TO ADDRESS SEX TRAFFICKING OF FOSTER YOUTH
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich has introduced a motion to convene a task force to address the problem of sex trafficking of minors in the foster care system.
According to the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the statistics on child sex trafficking are staggering — the average age of entry is 12 years old and the average life expectancy is seven years. In 2010, Los Angeles County Probation Department identified 174 sexually trafficked youth, nearly 70% of whom were part of child welfare services.
“Los Angeles County is considered a hub for child sex trafficking,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. “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 task force, which would be led by the Department of Children and Family Services in conjunction with the County’s Probation Department, Sheriff’s Department, LAPD, District Attorney’s Office, County Police Chiefs Association, Department of Mental Health, and others, will conduct regular meetings and report back to the Board within six months on recommendations to address the recruitment and rehabilitation of foster youth involved in child sex trafficking.
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