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Agencies unveil program to prevent sexual exploitation of children

The Yates County Youth Bureau has received state funds from the Office of Children and Family Services for 5 years to create resources and educate the community on Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) and Human Trafficking.

The Yates County Youth Bureau has partnered with Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes Inc. to spearhead this campaign for the community. Alicia Avellaneda, Yates County Youth Bureau Director and Jannine Phillips, Yates Program Coordinator for Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes will be the coordinators for this program.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Human Trafficking are prevalent issues in New York State, and are occurring in every neighborhood, including rural communities. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control other people for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex or forcing them to provide labor services against their will. The average age of children who are groomed into trafficking situations are between 12-17 years of age. However, it has been documented with younger children.

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