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El Dorado County Multidisciplinary Team combats child exploitation

Incidents of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) are becoming more prevalent in the County of El Dorado and more and more common throughout the country. From 2010–2012, the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) was aware of three CSEC cases. From 2013 to present, HHSA is aware of 15 additional CSEC cases, most of which are children in the foster care and/or probation system.
“We need to change the conversation,” said Mark S. Contois, assistant director of Human Services of HHSA. “This exploitation of children is one of the most horrific crimes possible and we need to treat these children as victims instead of criminals by providing the children with the intensive intervention and services needed to be successful.”

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