How LA County Began to Face Its Big Problem With Youth Being Sex-Trafficked

Michelle Guymon is a hero in the world of child sex trafficking prevention.
Seven years ago, she had no idea Los Angeles County had a child sex trafficking problem
Now Guymon is director of the Child Trafficking Unit for the Los Angeles County Probation Department and is part of the group that aims to make LA’s efforts to combat child sex trafficking a model for the nation.

Labor and Sex Trafficking Among Homeless Youth

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research and the Loyola University Modern Slavery Research Project conducted interviews with a sample of 641 homeless youth from ten cities across the United States and Canada to collect data about the prevalence and nature of human trafficking among the homeless youth population. This resulting report summarized the worrying findings, showing that 19 percent were identified to be victims of some form of human trafficking and more than 14 percent had been trafficked for sex.

Traumatized, Locked Up, LA Girls Starting to Get More Help

Moriah Barrett, then 14, woke up to burns on her body one night along with physical evidence that she had been raped. She had been invited to a party the night before by someone she considered a friend.