#NoSuchThing as a child prostitute

Terms like “child prostitute” and “underage hooker” are out. A movement to acknowledge that children forced into the sex trade are the victims of sex trafficking — and not prostitutes — is gaining ground. Slogans like the #NoSuchThing campaign launched by the California Endowment are spreading on social media. “Human trafficking of every genre is […]

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At state assembly hearing, barriers for girls and women of color discussed

Community leaders, professionals, experts, and women of all ages and ethnicities, convened last Thursday in San Jose for the first hearing of the California State Assembly’s Select Committee on the Status of Girls and Women of Color in California. Violence and pay equity were identified as key factors impacting the lives of girls and women of color.  “Women […]

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Voice of a survivor: a rally to raise awareness about human trafficking for sex

The FBI has identified San Diego as one of the top ‘high-intensity’ areas for human trafficking. A rally led by survivors featured personal stories and politicized the outrage felt when a person recounts her experience. How can we identify victims? How can we support legislation that might reduce the number of trafficking victims? “There are so many youth […]

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Nigerian schoolgirls and hashtag activism

The kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls by an Islamic extremist group got a late response from mainstream news; when the hashtag #bringbackourgirls began to appear in social media, celebrities and reporters took up the subject with fervor.  Is “hashtag activism” only the appearance of joining a cause, or is it an effective strategy in raising awareness?  Youth reporters say they hadn’t heard about the incident […]

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