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Placement Options for CSE Victims Have Increased; CSE-Specific Services Remain Limited, Report No. 19-05, July 2019
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  • In 2018, 400 children were verified as victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) in Florida. This number has increased each year of our reporting, ranging from 264 victims verified in 2015 to 381 in 2017.
  • The number of safe house and safe foster home beds has increased in the past year. Despite the increase, there are still a limited number of safe houses in the state and a small percentage of verified CSE victims are placed in them. New home operators reported several challenges to developing and operating safe houses, including funding, complying with local building regulations, and difficulty in finding information on safe house licensing and certification requirements.
  • CSE-specific services in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities are limited. DJJ staff reported that the department does not independently provide CSE-specific services for CSE victims while they are in DJJ detention centers or residential programs. For children with a known history of CSE and an existing CSE-specific treatment provider, DJJ arranges communication between the child’s treatment teams.
  • As in prior reports, CSE victims do not fare well in a variety of short-term social outcomes. Victims identified in our prior reports have high rates of subsequent Department of Children and Families and DJJ involvement and low performance in K-12 schools. A case file review of victims with subsequent CSE verifications found similar outcomes as well as a high prevalence of behavioral health issues and extensive histories with the child welfare system.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Children and Families
Child Welfare

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 18-05 Service Model Slowly Adapting for Community CSE Victims; Limited Progress in Less Restrictive Placements for Dependent CSE Victims,published in June 2018.
  • Report No. 17-09 DCF and Its Lead Agencies Have Not Resolved Issues Related to Serving Commercially Sexually Exploited Children,published in June 2017.
  • Report No. 16-04 Placement Challenges Persist for Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation; Questions Regarding Effective Interventions and Outcomes Remain,published in July 2016.
  • Report No. 15-06 State and Local Agencies Are in Initial Stages of Addressing Needs of Child Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation,published in June 2015.

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