Posted: Nov 28, 2012 12:19 PM by The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A new task force will fight sex trafficking of children recruited from Los Angeles County foster care.
County supervisors on Tuesday directed the family services unit to work with probation and law enforcement agencies to find ways of combating the problem and report back in six months.
The Probation Department says out of 174 youngsters arrested for prostitution in 2010, 59 percent were in the foster care system.
Supervisor Mike Antonovich says children as young as 12 - many from broken or abusive homes - are recruited by pimps at group homes and emergency centers.
The supervisors' vote follows this month's passage of a state proposition that toughened sex trafficking laws but which also could transfer responsibility for child prostitutes from the criminal justice to the foster care system.
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