Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth Services

Who can use this service?

The following are able to use this service:

  • Children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation
  • Commercially sexually exploited children

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

Responses to reports are 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Services are available throughout San Luis Obispo County. 

Sexual exploitation of children occurs in all types of communities and is particularly prevalent with foster children who run away from their caregivers.  1 in 3 teens will be recruited by a sexual trafficker within 48 to 72 hours of running away from home, so be on the alert for any signs that a child is subject to sexual exploitation.
To make a report of suspected commercial sexual exploitation, please call (805) 781-KIDS or complete a Suspected Child Abuse Report (SCAR) and fax it to (805) 781-1803.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Morro Bay Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

600 Quintana Road Morro Bay , CA 93442

Tel: (805) 772-6405

Fax: (805) 772-6409

SLO Social Services- Higuera

Monday - Friday 8-5

3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-1600

Arroyo Grande Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

1086 East Grand Avenue Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Tel: (805) 474-2000

Nipomo Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

681 West Tefft Street Suite 1 Nipomo, CA 93444

Tel: (805) 931-1800

Atascadero Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

9415 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422

Tel: (805) 461-6000

Paso Robles Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

406 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446

Tel: (805) 237-3110

Frequently Asked Questions

What is commercial sexual exploitation of children?

Commercial sexual exploitation of children is sexual activity involving sex in exchange for something of value, or promise thereof, to the child or another person or persons. The child is treated as commercial and sexual property.

What are general indicators of commercial sexual exploitation?

The general indicators of commercial sexual exploitation are: 

  • Unexplained absences from school for an extensive period of time
  • Chronically running away from home or placement with no explanation to their whereabouts
  • Makes reference to frequent travel to other cities or states
  • Change in behavior, attire, or material possessions
  • Makes reference to an older boyfriend/ girlfriend
  • Uses terminology of the commercial sex industry
What are some red flags to look for?

Some red flags to be aware of in reference to commercial sexual exploitation are:

  • A change in physical appearance
  • Frequent truancy from school and/or unexplained absences from home or placement
  • Involved with a male who is older, controlling, has a street name, and gives them cash
  • Loss of interest in age appropriate activities
  • Disconnection from family and or other caregivers
  • Interest in pornography or other parts of the sex industry

Contact Social Services

Child Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)

Adult Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011
  • Mandated Reporter