CSEC: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

What is CSEC?

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a form of Human Trafficking that affects minors and youth around the nation and around the world. CSEC is a broad term that includes any form of sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of 18 who may be a Foreign National, Immigrant, or  U.S. citizen, including prostitution, pornography, stripping, erotic/nude massage, escort services, phone sex lines, private parties, gang based prostitution, interfamilial pimping, and various forms of internet based exploitation. In the U.S we also refer to it as DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) which is trafficking of U.S. Citizens or permanent U.S. residents. DMST is often referred to as Trafficking in our own back yard!

Scheduling CSEC Training in California

CSEC training is provided by the state Child Trafficking Unit (CTU). To schedule CSEC training submit a request via email to CSECprogram@dss.ca.gov.

Note: PCWTA is no longer resourced by the state to provide CSEC training therefore all training request should go directly to the state. Please contact Anzette Shackelford at ashackelford@sdsu.edu if you have any questions.

CSEC Statewide Training Materials

CalSWEC Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Toolkit
CSEC 101: Awareness and Identification
CSEC 102:  Engaging and Serving Children and Youth

CSEC 101: Awareness and Identification eLearning Module
CWDA CSEC Resources

Mobile Application

See the Academy’s Resources and Tools page for more information about the CSEC: Engagement Strategies for Foster Youth mobile app.

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