There has been a “dramatic increase” in the number of children being sold for sex in the state, the state’s child welfare agency told state legislators Friday.

These 100 child “sex slaves” that have been identified in the last few years is the result of the Department of Children and Families placing an emphasis on training their employees, school staff and police to identify these victims and get them the help they need.

The 55 women in the General Assembly are also moving forward with a bill that would confiscate the money and assets from pimps prosecuted for trafficking minors.

While dozens of children are involved this sex slavery, few pimps are ever prosecuted.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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