Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)

This term refers to a range of crimes and activities involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child for the financial benefit of any person or in exchange for anything of value (including monetary and non-monetary benefits) given or received by any person. Examples of crimes and acts that constitute CSEC include:

  • child sex trafficking/the prostitution of children;
  • the production and/or distribution of child pornography; and
  • situations where a child, whether or not at the direction of any other person, engages in sexual activity in exchange for anything of value, which includes non-monetary things such as food, shelter, drugs, gifts, or protection from any person.

The Lane County CSEC Multidisciplinary Team

The Lane County CSEC MDT is a collaborative effort to bring together and leverage local resources to address the issue of sex trafficking in Lane County, with the focus of identifying and serving victim/survivors and identifying and holding offenders accountable.

The CSEC MDT is intended to support and encourage a collaborative effort among local law enforcement, prosecution, victim/survivor service providers and a diverse group of practitioners.  Together, these groups provide comprehensive services in order to discover and respond effectively to child sex trafficking in pursuit of the most comprehensive response to the crime and to victim/survivors.

Involved agencies include: Kids’ FIRST, Lane County District Attorney’s Office, US Attorney’s Office, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Junior League of Eugene, Looking Glass Youth and Family Services, Lane County Department of Youth Services, Department of Human Services Child Welfare, and many others.

Eugene Coalition Against Exploitation of Youth (ECASEY)

ECASEY is the Education & Awareness Committee of the Lane County CSEC MDT. This committee is focused on reducing child sex trafficking by partnering with local school districts to provide community outreach and promote public awareness of technology-facilitated exploitation of children.