After decades of silence, in 1996, the child victims of commercial sexual exploitation were given a voice at the First World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. For the first time, the scope and horror of the buying, selling, trafficking, and exploitation of children was revealed to world. Testimony after testimony described the stories of brutally stolen childhoods. Their stories mirror my own and those of the thousands of individuals we serve every year at Standing Against Global Exploitation Project, Inc. (SAGE) in San Francisco: the "toss-aways" and the "throwaways" who are blamed for their own victimization.

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