Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is sexual abuse of a minor for economic gain which could be in the form of prostitution, stripping, or even pornography.

Recently, Atlanta was named as one of the 14 cities in the nation with the highest incidence of children used in prostitution. Each month, more than 400 girls experience sexual exploitation in the state of Georgia.

The majority of services provided for CSEC focus on intervention and the rehabilitation of victims.  With funding from the Harold and Kayrita Anderson Family Foundation, the Jane Fonda Center collaborated with organizations within that work to combat CSEC. Through this collaborative effort an educational website tool yourworth.org was developed and pilot tested. The yourworth.org website is intended to educate young people about the risk of CSEC, and turns the focus to prevention and raising awareness about the prevalence of CSEC in Atlanta.

This web-based tool provides young people with:

  • A definition of what CSEC is
  • Data about the prevalence of CSEC in Georgia
  • CSEC survivors’ stories from the documentary Very Young Girls, produced by Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS), shine a light on the realities of sexual exploitation
  • Resources for those experiencing sexual exploitation
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