There is No Such Thing As a “Child Prostitute” in California

The National Center for Youth Law’s Child Trafficking Team is thrilled to announce groundbreaking news from California. Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown signed #SB1322, which will change the landscape for child victims of sex trafficking. By doing so California has joined the short but growing list of states that affirm there is #NoSuchThing as a child prostitute! Children who are forced to sell sex either by a third party exploiter or even to meet their basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing, will no longer be criminalized for their victimization.


We are especially grateful to the survivors who have led this effort. Your advocacy and strength made this momentous occasion possible and will change the course of many children's lives in California. We are proud to work alongside you.


We are thankful for the bold leadership of Senator Holly Mitchell and her office, on behalf of child sex trafficking victims. Congratulations as well to our indomitable partners in this effort: WestCoast Children's Clinic, County Welfare Directors Association of California, Children's Law Center of California, California Alliance of Child and Family Services, Rights4Girls, MISSSEY, Children Now, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, and the dozens more who produced letters, tweets, and calls on behalf of this bill. This momentous change would not have happened without the collaboration and partnership of these organizations and advocates!  

We worked with many of you to get to a point where such legislation was possible. Although much progress has been made over the past several years, much more needs to be done. We will continue to call on you and your organizations to continue this fight and further our goal of preventing trafficking and effectively intervening with children that do fall victim.
Thank you for your continued advocacy on behalf of victims of child sex trafficking.


Kate Walker Brown
Elizabeth Laferriere
Neha Desai
Raul Arroyo-Mendoza
Jasmine Ammons
National Center for Youth Law Child Trafficking Team

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