Commercially Sexually Exploited Children in Seattle/King County 2019 Update

In 2007, the City of Seattle commissioned the author to assess the number of youth and young adults, aged 24 years and younger, who were victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the Seattle area. The final report, Who Pays the Price: An Assessment of Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle, was completed in 2008.2 Findings from this study included a service planning estimate of 300-500 youth involved in prostitution. A decade later, StolenYouth commissioned the author to update the earlier study and to re-examine the issue of CSEC...


The Issue

  • A sex trafficker will approach one in three runaway teens on the street within 48 hours after leaving home.

    National Runaway Hotline

  • The median age of entry into sex trafficking in the US is 13-14 years old.

    US Department of Justice

  • In a King County, WA, sting operation, an online ad for a 15-year-old girl for sale received 250 unique callers of interested buyers. In just 2 hours.

    King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

  • Upwards of 500 children and youth are bought and sold in King County annually.

    “Who Pays the Price? Assessment of Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle” report, written by Debra Boyer, PhD | Commissioned by the City of Seattle

Our Response

  • 600

    Survivors Assisted

  • 1400

    Hotel Staff Trained

  • 250000

    Teens Reached

  • 17000

    Purchases Disrupted

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A HUGE thank you to Seattle Hotel Association and those of you who joined us on Saturday at Evening of Hope! We are excited to share with you that nearly $500,000 was raised for StolenYouth, which will allow us to continue our work toward our mission to end child sex trafficking in WA State. ... See MoreSee Less

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