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exploitation of YOUTh

Every day, young people experience exploitation right here in San Francisco.

24% of youth surveyed in San Francisco’s 2017 homelessness point-in-time count reported having traded sex for a place to sleep.

The San Francisco Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking’s 2017 Data Report identified more than 200 youth survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.


Youth of color and LGBTQ youth are disproportionately impacted by commercial sexual exploitation. 51% of survivors identified by San Francisco’s Mayor’s Task Force in 2017 were African-American. Only 12% were white.

Over 65% of victims of commercial sexual exploitation served by MISSSEY, a well-known Bay Area agency, are or have been in foster care.

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San Francisco

There are more than 60 organizations in San Francisco with a focus on youth who have been trafficked or involved in the street economy.

Yet, despite the many resources in this space, we found there were a number of gaps:

  • Youth leadership opportunities

  • Family-based foster care placements for teens

  • Easy navigation and access to services

  • Tools for parents


We see a community filled with resources, talent, and innovation. And yet, our systems are clearly not working for San Francisco youth. We believe there is an opportunity to convene service providers, technologists, and youth to tackle problems in new ways.

We aim to tackle multiple forces that create vulnerability in a dynamic ecosystem, beginning with those that have greatest leverage.

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