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Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) is a non-profit organization that provides services to commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women, typically underage youth exploited by pimps and traffickers. Based in Harlem, New York City.[1]

GEMS was founded by Rachel Lloyd. She grew up in England, herself a survivor of teenage sexual exploitation, and came to the United States in 1997 as a missionary to work with adult women exiting the commercial sex industry.[2] She founded GEMS in 1998 and continues to serve as the organization's executive director.[1]

The work of GEMS was the subject of the 2007 documentary Very Young Girls.[3]

GEMS lobbied for passage of the Safe Harbor Act for Sexually Exploited Youth, which provides that girls under the age of 16 who are arrested in New York for prostitution will be treated as victims rather than as criminals.[4] The bill was signed into law in September 2008.[5]

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