Children and teens that run away from home are usually solicited to become a prostitute or sexually exploit themselves in other ways within 48 hours of being out on the streets, child abuse experts say.
To combat this problem, the Madera County Child Abuse Prevention Council (MCCAPC) is teaming up with Children’s Hospital Central California and Runaway Girl, FPC to host a training session for first responders and community members next month.
“We need to put into place a community protocol so that people know what to look for and how to approach these victims,” said Robin Leppo, executive director of the county council. “We need everyone’s eyes and ears open. People don’t realize how quickly these girls and boys can fall into that.”
The one-day training held in Children’s Hospital on Sept. 7 will provide tools and techniques to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) using a community protocol for responders model. The course fulfills CSEC training for first responders established by state and federal anti-trafficking legislation...