To be eligible to apply for any of the COFCL Scholarships, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
- The applicant must be a female between the ages of sixteen (16) and thirty-three (33).
- The applicant must have a lived experience of Domestic Sex Trafficking and/or Exploitation, as defined below:
Sex Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking is the commercial sexual exploitation of American children within U.S. borders. It is the “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of a commercial sex act” where the person is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident under the age of 18 years. The age of the victim is the critical issue — there is no requirement to prove force, fraud, or coercion was used to secure the victim’s actions. In fact, the law recognizes the effect of psychological manipulation by the trafficker, as well as the effect of threat of harm which traffickers/ pimps use to maintain control over their young victims. Children can be commercially sexually exploited through prostitution, pornography, stripping, sexually explicit dancing and websites, and/or erotic entertainment.
Sexual Exploitation is the sexual abuse of children and youth through rape, the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, other basics of life, and/or money. Sexual exploitation includes involving children and youth in creating pornography, stripping and sexually explicit websites.
Graduate students and students returning to school to receive additional undergraduate degrees after successfully completing at least one prior undergraduate degree program are not eligible to apply for the COFCL Scholarships.
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