Preventing Exploitation

In 2010 President Barak Obama first designated January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention
Month. This January of 2022 we newly commit to building a future where our children, youth and families may thrive
free from exploitation.

In 2020, there was a record 21.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation made to the National Center for Exploited Children's CyberTipline. Child sex trafficking can have devastating immediate and long-term consequences, including health impacts, psychological and physical trauma, and even death. Prevention and intervention are key to keeping children safer. Report ALL missing children, especially children who have run away, to your local law enforcement.

what is csec

Talk to a young person in your life today to share the warning signs of human trafficking! Since California’s passage of SB 855 in 2014, 14,892 youth have been identified by Child Welfare Services for suspected exploitation and/or trafficking. Of these youth, 9,297 were the subject of one or more allegations of exploitation before the age of 18 years of age. Learn more here.

Know the warning signs to support youth who may be at risk.

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Upcoming Community Events

January 11, 2022 3:30-4:30 PM

Red Sand Project

Red Sand Project is an artwork that uses participatory sidewalk intervention to raise awareness of the vulnerabilities that lead to human trafficking. Placer County staff, CSEC Collaborative, and its community partners invite the public to take time to fill sidewalk cracks with red sand and document their sidewalk transformations on social media using #RedSandProject. Free bags of red sand will be distributed to the public by Placer County System of Care staff beginning at 3:30 PM at the Santucci Justice Center (10810 Justice Center Drive, Roseville, CA 95678).  Download full event flyer.

January 25, 2022 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Virtual Film Viewing Event & Panel Discussion

Join us on January 25th from 6-8pm for a film screening of "California's Forgotten Children", a feature documentary that follows a diverse group of resilient survivors who have overcome commercial sexual exploitation as children and are changing the world by ensuring no child is forgotten. There is no cost to attend this virtual viewing. Registration is required and space is limited. Sign up to attend here. Download full flyer here.



National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is a time to raise awareness and take collective action to prevent and end exploitation for all. Today we honor first and foremost the survivors and thrivers, whose resilient voices shape and inspire our local and national work. Visit StoryCorps Human Trafficking Archive to hear from survivor leaders, activists and those have informed, shaped, and contributed to the successes of the anti-trafficking field over the past two decades.


Do you agree that prevention is the way towards a brighter future? This month and beyond, keep on educating young people, families and our communities about human trafficking! Check out PACT’s Prevention Guide, a compilation of California specific resources including available trainers and existing prevention programs.

Seek Help

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls, texts, emails, and live chats from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. Call 1-888-373-7888, Text 233733 (Befree), or Live Chat for round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help.

You may also contact Placer County's 24-hr. Child Welfare Hotline at 1.866.293.1940 if you have knowledge of, or a suspicion that a child may be a victim of CSEC.

KidsFirst has developed a new program in Placer County to address the growing challenge of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) for those in or at risk of being exploited in our community. KidsFirst supports with linkage to a variety of services that support the overall wellbeing of our youth and their families. KidsFirst CSEC team is co-located and works collaboratively with Placer County District Attorney’s Office, Law Enforcement, Mental Health Agencies, Probation and Children’s System of Care. Learn more about the KidsFirst CSEC Team here.

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