Human Trafficking Awareness & Resources
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (also known as CSEC or child sex trafficking) has been a growing issue in Hawaiʻi and throughout the United States. CSEC refers to a “range of crimes and activities involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child for the financial benefit of any person or in exchange for anything of value (including monetary and non-monetary benefits) given or received by any person” (OJJDP). Commercially sexually exploited youth are at high risk for mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidality. It has become critical to increase awareness of CSEC and address related issues that impact exploited children and youth. The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) is committed to helping survivors of CSEC obtain resources to help them heal and thrive.
Last reviewed on October 23, 2023