California Ranked Among Highest in U.S for Human Trafficking

Lashaun Turner

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Human Trafficking Awareness--Courtesy State of California Department of Justice Office of Attorney General--

According to California Against Slavery, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are three of the ten worst child sex trafficking cities in the U.S.

What is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is the trade of humans for the purpose of forced labor, sexual slavery, or commercial sexual exploitation for the trafficker or others. This may also encompass providing a spouse in the context of forced marriage, or the extraction of organs or tissues. Human trafficking is among the world's fastest growing criminal enterprises and is estimated to be a $150 billion-a-year global industry.

California is unfortunately a prime geographic location because it is close to an international border, has numerous shipping ports, airports, and millions of immigrants with a large economy that includes industries that attract forced labor.

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of men, women, and children for sex or labor through force, fraud, or coercion. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, there were 1,507 human trafficking cases reported in California in 2019-the last full year with published statistics.

Out of these cases, 1,118 were sex trafficking cases, 158 were labor trafficking, and 69 were both sex and labor. The remaining cases were not specified. Most of the sex trafficking cases reported in California were illicit massage and spa businesses and hotel or motel based.

Other industries where victims of human trafficking can be found are among migrant and seasonal agricultural workers, providers of residential care, and in California’s garment sector.

Indicators of Human Trafficking

· Appearing malnourished

· Appearing injured or having signs of physical abuse

· Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and law enforcement

· Responding in manners that seem rehearsed or scripted

· Lacking personal identification documents

· Lacking personal possessions

· Living with employer

· Poor living conditions

· Multiple people in cramped space

· Inability to speak to anyone alone

· Employer is holding identity documents

· Under 18 and in prostitution

What is Being Done to Stop Human Trafficking in California?

In response to the upward trends, Attorney General (AG) Bonta, formally launched two new Human Trafficking and Sexual Predator Apprehension Teams.

According to AG Bonta’s news release, one team will be covering Northern California and another covering Southern California, Both teams have already started taking action across the state providing guidance and support to law enforcement partners in disrupting and dismantling human trafficking and the criminal exploitation of children.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

1 (888) 373-7888

SMS: 233733 (Text "HELP" or "INFO")

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week

Website: http://humantraffickinghotline.org

Sources:California Against Slavery State.Gov- Archives State of California Department of Justice

National Human Trafficking Hotline

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Lashaun is a Journalist, Reporter, and Viral Content Creator covering Local Stories, Food, Crime, Politics, & Travel with NEWSBREAK since June 2021.- JADED: Journalism with a Touch of Shade is Lashaun's views and opinions on various trending topics. Lashaun aka Lady I.M.PRE$S is a former NBC/CNBC Affiliate KCAA Broadcaster for "Cali's BEST" Radio Show airing on 102.3FM & 106.5FM from 2016-2020. Lashaun has been in the Media & P.R field for over 11 years and has interviewed an estimated 20k Celebrities and Entrepreneurs. Lashaun also produced & hosted Blaze Indie L.A TV show on LA's Channel 36 from 2014-2016

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