No. 2-03

Supporting the Work of the Task Force To End the Exploitation of Youth

WHEREAS, child sexual exploitation is an intolerable public health and crime problem and is on the rise in San Francisco; and,

WHEREAS, it is called sexual exploitation rather than prostitution because the girls and boys are under the age of 18, and therefore it is sexual abuse and statutory rape; and,

WHEREAS, local services are insufficient to meet the intensive needs of exploited youth; and,

WHEREAS, in an unprecedented effort to raise public awareness and take action, the Task Force to End the Exploitation of Youth was formed by resolution 0455-02 of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and,

WHEREAS, the Task Force is a broad-based coalition of San Francisco officials, philanthropists, nonprofit service providers, the School District and the community; and,

WHEREAS, the Task Force will be presenting its report with recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on February 25, 2003; and,

WHEREAS, the Task Force has initiated a public awareness campaign to help change attitudes, public policy, legislation and availability of services and create a community climate that will not allow this proliferation of abuse; now, therefore, be it,

RESOLVED, that the Health Commission commends the work of the Task Force to End the Exploitation of Youth in addressing this issue; and, be it

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Health Commission requests the Task Force to work with the Department of Public Health and bring to the Commission a report addressing the Department's response to the Task Force recommendations.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was adopted by the San Francisco Health Commission at its meeting of February 18, 2003.

Michele Olson, Executive Secretary to the Health Commission