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LA County to create task force on foster care children recruited into sex trafficking

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A new anti-child sex trafficking awareness campaign will hit Metro buses, trains, transit stops and billboards.

Los Angeles County officials want to figure out how and why foster care children end up in the sex trafficking industry.

County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has asked the Department of Children and Family Services to create a task force that'll examine ways to prevent foster care children from entering into sex trafficking rings.

The county’s probation department found that 174 minors in juvenile custody in 2010 were arrested for prostitution related charges. About 64 percent of them had some previous involvement with DCFS because of child abuse.

“Even more shocking is that pimps are using child sex workers to recruit fellow foster care children at the DCFS Emergency Response Command Post and group homes across the county,” says the motion filed by Antonovich.

The task force would be responsible for collaborating with other county agencies - mental health, probation, law enforcment and the district attorney's office.

It would meet each month and would report back to the Board of Supervisors with recommendations within six months.

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