July 10, 2014

County officials aim to raise awareness on child sex trafficking

By the age of 12, Carissa Phelps knew what it meant to walk the streets of the Central Valley. A childhood of neglect and abuse led her to run away from home, drop out of school and, not knowingly, seek refuge in the home of a pimp. Phelps was eventually able to escape, but this isn’t the case of every child that is sexually exploited. Sex trafficking of minors, she said, is and has been very much present in the Central Valley.

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