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
  • Advocacy
  • Court accompaniments
  • In-custody visits
  • Care kits (which may include toiletries, books, clothing, etc)
  • Referrals / information
  • 24-hour crisis hotline
If you or someone you know is currently being sexually exploited or if you know someone who you believe is at-risk for sexual exploitation, please contact our SEM Team at:
Some Statistics about Human Trafficking:


  • 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.

Contact for more information, questions or concerns.



United Nations Office on Drug and Crime. (2016). Global Report of Trafficking in Persons 2016. Retrieved from

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. (2010). OJP Fact Sheet. Retrieved from

California Child Welfare Council. (n.d.) CSEC Work Group: Prevalence of Commercially Sexually Exploited Children. Retrieved from


Alameda County HEAT Watch. (2016). Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Retrieved from


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