Commercial sexual exploitation of children happens when an individual buys, trades or sells sexual acts with a person under the age of 18. The youth in our community are vulnerable to these predators, and We are READY to STOP child trafficking in Ventura County.

What is the Ready Program?

 

The READY Program stands for Respectfully, Empowering and Defining Yourself and is a program within Ventura County’s Children and Family Services Agency.  The READY Program provides support to social workers as they seek to identify and offer assistance to children and youth within the child welfare system who are experiencing commercial sexual exploitation or are at high risk of such.  The READY Program liaisons with stakeholder agencies, non-profits, law enforcement, and other partners to build a network of response to address child trafficking.

The READY to Stop Child Trafficking in Ventura County initiative brings the issue of child trafficking to the forefront by educating local residents, youth, educators, and leaders in our communities about the dangers, signs, and resources available to stop child trafficking in our local community.

 

All children, from any culture and socioeconomic background are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and child trafficking.

  • Family members
  • Significant others such as friends, boyfriends, or girlfriends
  • Trusted adults
  • Predators who prey on vulnerable youth

Child trafficking occurs in major cities and small towns, including Ventura County.

  • Runaway and homeless youth
  • Children and youth in out-of-home care
  • Children that have suffered or experienced abuse*
  • Children and youth in poverty*
  • Children and youth of parents that abuse drugs*

*Source

All children, from any culture and socioeconomic background are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and child trafficking.

  • The child is homeless, has run away, or is involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems
  • Frequently absent for no given reason
  • Shows visible signs of physical and emotional abuse
  • Frequently goes on “vacation”
  • Shows signs of malnourishment and sleep deprivation
  • Responses to questions come off well-rehearsed
  • Boyfriend or girlfriend is visibly older
  • Promiscuity and sexual references occur uncharacteristically
  • Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign
  • National Human Trafficking Resource Center
  • Shared Hope International
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • Interface Children and Family Services
  • Forever Found
  • For immediate emergencies, call 9-1-1
  • Ventura County Child and Elder Abuse Reporting Hotline: 805-654-3200
  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888

Community-Based Organizations

 

The READY Program works closely in partnership with the following community-based organizations:

Become a Resource Family

 

Often times, children and youth who have escaped their trafficking situation are vulnerable to returning to their exploiter, for a variety of reasons; such as financial or substance abuse dependency, emotional attachment, or fear. 

These children and youth may need resource families who will welcome them into a safe and stable home to support them as they heal from the trauma of their trafficking situation.

Resource families provide our youth and children with encouragement, support, motivation, and most importantly love.

Are you interested in loving and supporting Ventura County’s most vulnerable youth?

Report

 

For immediate emergencies: call 9-1-1

Ventura County Child and Elder Abuse Hotline: 805-654-3200

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888

TO MAKE A REPORT CONTACT OUR LOCAL HOTLINE: (805) 654-3200

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