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Confronting Child Sex Trafficking on the Central Coast

Five years ago, when Lisa Conn became a mental health provider for juvenile justice in Santa Barbara County, she noticed a disturbing trend: A large number of the incarcerated girls were displaying symptoms of complex trauma and, in particular, sex trauma.

“When I would speak to them, those who were willing to talk about it, they would admit to being raped, but never would talk much more about the extent of what was happening to them,” Conn said.

She suspected something bigger was going on.

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