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Teen Sex Trafficking on City Inside/Out

There are between 300 and 500 teen prostitutes in the Seattle area, according to a city-funded 2008 study. In 2007, 82 youth were referred to King County Juvenile Court on prostitution charges—their median age: fifteen years old. Who are these children? How can we help them? Who are the pimps exploiting these kids? What challenges are involved in prosecuting these crimes? This week, City Inside/Out’s C.R.Douglas tackles these questions by interviewing a former teen prostitute, accompanying police on a sting operation and talking with experts.

 King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert , YouthCare’s Melinda Giovengo and King County Deputy Prosecutor Sean O’Donnell join us in the studio to explain what government and non-profits are doing to stop this wrongdoing.

Watch City Inside/Out, Friday, April 1, 7:00 p.m., SEATTLE CHANNEL, Cable 21 or right here on Did you see last week’s program about homeless encampments? Watch it now by visiting