In 2009, responding to an alarming increase of sexual exploitation in Alameda County, BAWAR implemented a new program to address the needs of both commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) and adults.
BAWAR’s Sexually Exploited Minors (SEM) program provides 24-hour crisis stabilization to all survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking. Through community education, we work to humanize and de-stigmatize the voices and experiences of survivors.
Our violence prevention program is made possible through a grant from the City of Oakland’s Human Services Department, Oakland Unite Programs.
- 24-hour crisis response
- Individual peer counseling
- Court accompaniments
- In-custody visits
- Care kits (which may include toiletries, books, clothing, etc)
- Referrals / information
- 24-hour crisis hotline
Human trafficking is a global industry of $150 billion a year.
Of the estimated 24.9 million victims of human trafficking, an estimated 5.5 million are children under the age of 18.
300,000 children in the USA are at risk of sexual exploitation.
An estimated 100,000 children in the U.S. are victims of human trafficking.
Of 518 youth identified in Alameda County as at-risk for or already involved in commercial sexual exploitation from January 1, 2011 to September 1, 2016, it was found that:
86% had juvenile arrest history.
79% had a runaway history
58% had drug use history
40% were currently in custody or had been in custody of Social Services.
26% had a family criminal history
28% had mental health challenges.
80% of reported human trafficking cases in California occurred in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and San Diego. These are three areas that experience the most human trafficking in the US.
- 46% of all prosecuted human trafficking cases in California came from the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.
The SEM Program’s clients come predominantly from communities of color. The mission of the SEM program is systems change by creating a trauma-informed, survivor-centered approach which decriminalizes youth of marginalized communities.
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United Nations Office on Drug and Crime. (2016). Global Report of Trafficking in Persons 2016. Retrieved from www.unodc.org/unodc/data-and-analysis/glotip.html
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. (2010). OJP Fact Sheet. Retrieved from https://ojp.gov/newsroom/factsheets/ojpfs_humantrafficking.html
California Child Welfare Council. (n.d.) CSEC Work Group: Prevalence of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Retrieved from http://www.chhs.ca.gov/Child%20Welfare/CSEC%20Fact%20Sheet%20-%201.pdf
Alameda County HEAT Watch. (2016). Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Retrieved from http://www.heatwatch.org/human_trafficking/about_csec