The fact that children are being commercially sexually exploited within the United States continues to come as a surprise. Once conversations around the issue do occur, many hang on to the notion that this is a problem happening "somewhere else." This can make it very difficult for communities to effectively identify and respond to the issue. While it is understandable that many would see the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) as unbelievable, it is becoming quite apparent that this devastating issue is very much alive and well in the United States, and it has been for some time. This is why it is so imperative that we keep having these conversations.
This issue of Connections provides a platform to spread the word about the great work that is already happening around this issue and share out a number of resources that have been developed. We hope the agencies whose work is highlighted in this publication can continue to be a source of information, training, and resources for advocacy programs.