- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - One Northern California county is fighting the epidemic of human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children in a unique way.

For a second year, Alameda County, which is east of San Francisco, has put up billboards and bus shelter posters to raise awareness about sexual exploitation of children in the county and offer help to the children.

The billboards offer a direct line to information on a new website: ProtectCAKids.org.

The signs feature statements including, “There’s no such thing as a child prostitute” and “Victims of sex trafficking are school-age.” They are printed in both English and Spanish.

Organizers said last year’s campaign provided hotlines and informational websites that saw a marked increase in activity following the posting of the billboards.

The campaign coincides with National Human Trafficking Awareness month.

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