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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.

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


Our approach tackles multiple forces that create vulnerability in a dynamic ecosystem, beginning with those that have greatest leverage.

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