there is no such thing

as a child prostitute

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It is time to eradicate the term "child prostitute."

There are only victims and
survivors of child rape.

To find out how to bring the No Such Thing Campaign to your community, sign up here

Check out our petition that moved the AP to stop using the term ‘child prostitute’
SUCCESS! CALIFORNIA MAKES CLEAR THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS A CHILD PROSTITUTE!

On September 26, 2016 California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 1322 into law effectively ending the arrest and prosecution of minors for prostitution in the State of California!

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Read more about our latest No Such Thing campaign victory.

VICTORY! THE AP AGREES THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A "CHILD PROSTITUTE."

On April 4, 2016, the Associated Press announced that they will eliminate the term "child prostitute" from their lexicon.

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Read the joint statement from R4G Executive Director Yasmin Vafa & Survivor Advocate Withelma "T" Ortiz Walker Pettigrew.

NO SUCH THING: AN AWARD-WINNING MULTIMEDIA CAMPAIGN

The No Such Thing Campaign has received multiple awards for changing the way victims of child sex trafficking are viewed.

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Read more about the awards our campaign has received!

CHANGING THE NARRATIVE

The No Such Thing campaign seeks to eradicate the very notion of “child prostitute” in language and in
law.

WHY MEDIA MATTERS

The No Such Thing campaign recognizes that how the media discusses issues informs how the public perceives them. Learn about what the media can do to more accurately report on this issue.

LETTER CALLING ON THE MEDIA TO ELIMINATE THE TERM "CHILD PROSTITUTE."

On June 22, 2016, we issued a letter to several media outlets calling on them to follow the AP's lead and eliminate the term "child prostitute" from their reporting.

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Check out our letter urging news outlets to follow the AP's lead.

YOUTH SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE TERM "CHILD PROSTITUTE."

Domestic Child Sex Trafficking touches all of our communities. Young people from Youth Radio in Oakland, CA discuss the impact of DCST in their community and why there is #NoSuchThing as a "child prostitute."

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Learn more about child sex trafficking in California.

HOW WE ARE NAMED IS HOW WE ARE TREATED

All too often, the media, law enforcement and others refer to victims as "child prostitutes," belittling the pain and abuse exploited girls endure on a daily basis. And, in almost every state there are prostitution laws used to arrest and detain underage girls bought and sold for sex. Most girls are not even of legal age to consent. This has to change—in language and in law.

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Learn more about the use of "child prostitute" in the media and why we must urge for change.

#NoSuchThing

Every day girls--and especially girls of color-- are criminalized for being victims of sexual violence. Our report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story, co-authored with Georgetown Law and the Ms. Foundation, documents this pipeline and offers key recommendations and solutions.

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Learn more about how child sex trafficking victims in the U.S. are arrested and incarcerated for prostitution and related offenses.

No Such Thing LA

In Fall 2015 we launched our No Such Thing campaign in Los Angeles furthering our goal to end the criminalization of child sex trafficking victims through policy change. We were thrilled to witness the LA County Sheriff announce a commitment to ending the arrest of minors for prostitution at our press conference.

With LA County being the largest in the country, these advancements mark an important step toward encouraging other jurisdictions to treat victims of child sex trafficking as survivors in need of services, rather than offenders.

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Read more about our LA campaign and help spread our message

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