Health Care Providers on the Frontlines of Anti-Trafficking Efforts

 Nearly 88% of sex trafficking victims report accessing health care while being trafficked, especially since too many live in a cycle of abuse. Until recently, the majority of health care providers have not been trained on the prevalence of commercial sexual exploitation in the Puget Sound region, and have not been trained to identify risk factors. And, notwithstanding the frequency of victims visiting health care providers, 95% of Emergency Room staff report no training on treating child sex exploitation victims and no knowledge of local resources available for victim care and support...


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

  • 620

    Hotel Staff Trained

  • 250000

    Teens To Be Reached

  • 2000

    Personnel To Be Trained

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StolenYouth's Town Hall - The Vulnerability Pipeline is coming up on November 6th!

We are excited to welcome Secretary Ross Hunter, Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families, to our panel!

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children, and especially on eliminating race and family income as predictors of progress and success for young learners. He is passionate about investing upstream in proven prevention strategies, using strong data and outcomes analysis to administer these programs, and supporting a strong workforce of caregivers and professionals to deliver the services that ensure fewer children experience trauma and more families can build resilience and succeed together.

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StolenYouth's Town Hall - The Vulnerability Pipeline is taking place on November 6th, and we will be discussing the vulnerabilities that lead to far too many children being bought and sold for sex. Join us for the discussion and to hear from our Keynote Speaker Dr. Melinda Giovengo, CEO and President of YouthCare.

Melinda has thirty years of experience in developing and implementing re-engagement programs for out-of-school and homeless youth. Melinda holds an M.A. in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and is published on issues regarding youth homelessness and the impact of learning disabilities in hard-to-serve populations.

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