We were lucky enough to hear Dr. Debra Boyer speak to us about youth sex trafficking in Seattle last night.
She stated that there are between 300-500 youth in Seattle engaged in prostitution. Since these youths are not old enough to consent to sex they are considered trafficking victims. According to police the numbers stated are a low estimate. So at the very least the city of Seattle should have services and resources available to accommodate these numbers and we simply are not their yet.
Dr. Boyer wrote the groundbreaking 2008 report “Who Pays the Price: Assessment of Youth Involvement in Prostitution in Seattle.” Which you can read here.
By Jared Stewart