Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Social Work

First Advisor

Susan Osorio


According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, over the last six years, 2,300 children have been commercially sexually exploited annually (2018). Identified risk factors include: homelessness, previous abuse, sexual orientation and foster care. Consequences are: loss of life, poor sexual health, rape, abuse, drug addiction and incarceration. Approximately 80% of commercially sexual exploited children (CSEC) were in direct contact with the Department of Family Services (DFCS) sometime during their exploitation. Until recently, CASA of Santa Cruz County didn’t offer extended educational training (EET) for advocates on CSEC. In June of 2018 CASA piloted its first CSEC 101 training. After completing two successful trainings, is confident that they are now doing their part to combat CSEC. It is suggested that CASA continue to provide CSEC 101 training bi-annually, which will contribute to the requirement of advocate EET and the public's need for awareness around the topic of CSEC.