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California Against Slavery

Human Trafficking in California (NBC Bay Area)

Originally aired: KNTV NBC Bay Area 3/22/10 11pm News

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Somaly Mam Foundation

The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit charity committed to ending modern day slavery in North America and around the world.

Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With over two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and rehabilitation of these young victims.

Co-founded by sexual slavery survivor,  Somaly Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate human trafficking, liberate its victims, and empower survivors so they can create and sustain lives of dignity. The Foundation supports survivor rescue, shelter, and rehabilitation programs globally with a special focus on Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and girls, some as young as five, is a widespread practice. The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns in North America and around the world that shed light on the crime of human trafficking and focus on getting the public and governments involved in the fight to abolish modern day slavery.

Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery.
Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity.

The Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 charity in the USA. 

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End Sex Trafficking in Pittsburgh

Why This Is Important

In the coming weeks the Pittsburgh City Council will vote on whether to regulate sex trafficking out of the massage industry—or not. Women trafficked in massage parlors may be forced to see 6 to 10 clients a day, working 10am to 2am, seven days a week. It is a crime which degrades our common humanity.

In Pittsburgh, there are 15+ massage parlors advertised and reviewed on forums catering to men who buy sex. These are only a tiny number of the 5000+ brothels which appear to sell sex in the United States, and are at a high risk of involving sex trafficking. However, there is no acceptable number of slaves in any American city, so even these few must leave.

The massage parlor regulation ordinance, Bill No. 2011 - 1635, builds upon the strong work of Pennsylvania Massage Therapists’ state licensure law and teases apart legitimate from illegitimate massage establishments. The ordinance includes requirements that windows be unbarred, massage-room doors unlocked, and establishments properly advertised. If it passes in tact, Pittsburgh will be the first city in the United States to comprehensively approach ending sex trafficking in massage parlors. If it does not, women will continue to be enslaved. Please help us encourage the Pittsburgh city council to vote YES on this bill.

If you are interested in ending sex trafficking in your neighborhood using a similar bill, please contact Jessica Dickinson Goodman (jdickins [at] andrew [dot] cmu [dot] edu) or Jaime Turek (jevanoski [at] endhumantrafficking [dot] org).

If you are interested in learning more about human trafficking or if you would like to become involved in Pittsburgh, please visit The Project to End Human Trafficking at www.endhumantrafficking.org

Let's Fight Sex Trafficking in the US

Why This Is Important

Each year, at least 100,000 children fall victim to sex trafficking within the United States, and 200,000 to 300,000 are at risk of being commercially sexually exploited. Domestic victims of sex trafficking, including children, are severely overlooked in most state approaches to fight human trafficking.  The Innocence Lost Initiative - created through a partnership of the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children - has rescued more than 900 trafficked and sexually exploited children to date.  Unfortunately, there are only a handful of shelters in the entire country that are specifically tailored to restore the victims of this crime.  

S. 2925 provides crucial funding to develop and enhance comprehensive, collaborative efforts to combat the sex trafficking, especially of children, in the United States by providing six block grants of $2,500,000 each to state or local government entities who have designed a holistic approach to investigating, prosecuting and deterring sex trafficking, and providing special services and shelter to the victims.  We need this legislation! Please support S.2925.

Thank you for your continued support.

Tell Village Voice Media to Stop Child Sex Trafficking on Backpage.com

Why This Is Important

PETITION DELIVERY: On Thursday March 29th @ 11am at Village Voice HQ in NYC, three NYC City Council Members, 20 Faith Leaders, and 75 Community Members delivered nearly a quarter of a million petitions to the Village Voice calling on them to shut down the adult section of Backpage.com.  

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Sex trafficking of girls and boys on Backpage.com, owned by Village Voice Media, is becoming a disturbing trend.

A Georgia man was arrested for pimping two 17-year-old girls around the Nashville area. Detectives responded to a suspicious ad on Backpage.com and drove to a motel. There, they found the teens and their 37-year-old pimp, as well as a laptop computer, likely used for the online advertising. Just four days prior to that, four people in Denver were arrested for forcing a teen girl into prostitution. They also advertised her sexual services, including semi-nude pictures, on Backpage. And last year, a South Dakota couple wasarrested for selling underage girls for sex on …. wait for it … Backpage.com yet again.

Village Voice Media has a moral responsibility to ensure that young girls and boys aren’t being abused in the commercial sex industry with help from their website.

Now, a rising movement of people of many faiths and backgrounds, motivated by their shared moral convictions, are taking action to end this practice. 

Please join us in demanding that Village Voice Media - Backpage.com’s parent company - stop selling ads that others use to sell minors on Backpage.com by shutting down the Adult section of the website. 

Support the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.

Why This Is Important

Urge the United States House of Representatives, the United States Senate, and President Obama to pass theDomestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011 (S.596).

What is the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act?

The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011 (S.596) sponsored by  U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), authorizes large block grants to create a comprehensive, victim-centered approach to addressing child sex trafficking and calls for improvements to the National Crime Information Center system to track information about missing and exploited children.

The Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act will improve federal and state government efforts to combat domestic sex trafficking of minors by:  

- Authorizing six year-long grants of $2.5 million to state or local governments in regions that have

— a significant sex trafficking problem

— demonstrated cooperation between law enforcement, prosecutors, and service providers in efforts to combat sex trafficking, and

— developed a plan to combat sex trafficking that includes provisions for victims’ shelter and services, training of law enforcement and service providers, and prosecution and deterrence of traffickers.  

- Providing that a minimum of 25% of grant funds are used to provide shelter and services to victims of sex trafficking.

- Providing for an independent annual evaluation of grant recipients’ programs.

- Requiring state reporting of missing children to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and encouraging the Attorney General to change the NCIC to facilitate protection of missing children.  

Encouraging states to enact safe harbor laws that presume a minor found in prostitution is a victim of a severe form of trafficking.

The Problem

In the United States, human trafficking is an increasing problem. This criminal enterprise includes citizens of the United States, many of them children, who are forced into prostitution, and foreigners brought into the country, often under false pretenses, who are coerced into forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.

Sex trafficking is one of the most lucrative areas of human trafficking. Criminal gang members in the United States are increasingly involved in recruiting young women and girls into sex trafficking.

Minors in the United States are highly vulnerable for sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. As many as 2,800,000 children live on the streets. Of the estimated 1,600,000 children who run away each year, 77 percent return home within 1 week. However, 33 percent of children who run away are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home.

Children who have run away from home are at a high risk of becoming involved in sex trafficking. Children who have run away multiple times are at much higher risk of not returning home and of engaging in prostitution.

Each year, at least 100,000 children are victimized through commercial sex and prostitution within the United States. Particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking are runaway children, an estimated 33% of them are lured into prostitution within the first 48 hours of leaving home.  Unfortunately, victims of sex trafficking, including children, are commonly overlooked in most state and federal efforts to respond to the brutal crime. 

National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Throwaway Children, the definitive study of episodes of missing children, found that of the children who are victims of non-family abduction, runaway or throwaway children, the police are alerted by family or guardians in only 21 percent of the cases. In 79 percent of cases there is no report and no police involvement, and therefore no official attempt to find the child.

What will the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act do?

Sex Trafficking Block Grants

The bill authorizes the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs to award six one-year block grants, renewable up to three years, of $2,500,000 each to “eligible entities” in different regions of the United States to combat sex trafficking and provide shelter and services to child sex trafficking victims. Recipients must subgrant at least 50% of the grant funds to a qualified NGO to provide shelter and services to victims of child sex trafficking; the remainder of the grant funds can be used to improve investigations and prosecutions of sex trafficking crimes.  Grant funds may be used for:

Victim Services

-Temporary or long-term shelter for minor victims of sex trafficking

-24 hour emergency social services response to minor victims of sex trafficking

-Clothing and daily necessities for minor victims of sex trafficking

-Case management, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services for minor victims of sex trafficking

-Legal services for minor victims of sex trafficking

Law Enforcement

-Specialized training on sex trafficking

-Salaries for law enforcement officers (percentages of a salary paid for by grant funds shall be at least as high as the percentage of time dedicated to sex trafficking cases involving minors)

-Salaries for state and local prosecutors Investigation and trial expenses

Outreach and education programs

-Deterrence and prevention of sex trafficking of minors

-Treatment programs for those charged with solicitation of prostitution when treatment is an appropriate alternative to incarceration (which would not include those charged with solicitation of a minor). 

Eligible Entity-   An “eligible entity” to apply for the block grants is a state or local government unit that: (1) has significant criminal activity involving the sex trafficking of minors; (2) has demonstrated cooperation between state and local law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, and social service providers in addressing sex trafficking of minors; (3) provides that, under the multidisciplinary plan, a minor victim of sex trafficking will not be required to collaborate with law enforcement in order to receive the services funded by the grant; and (4) has developed a multi-disciplinary plan to combat the sex trafficking of minors that includes:

- a shelter for minor victims of sex trafficking; 

- rehabilitative care to minor victims of sex trafficking;

- specialized training for law enforcement officers and social service providers;

- prevention, deterrence and prosecution of sex trafficking offenses;

- cooperation agreements with organizations serving runaway and homeless youth;

- law enforcement protocols to screen all individuals arrested for prostitution for victimization through sex trafficking

Evaluation of grant funded programs -   DOJ is directed to contract with an experienced academic or non-profit organization to conduct an annual evaluation of the programs’ effectiveness.  The Inspector General will conduct an audit of all grants in 2012 and 2013.

Enhancements to the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) System

This non-enforceable section of the bill encourages the U.S. Department of Justice to enhance the NCIC database system to designate minors who are reported missing three times in one-year are endangered juveniles within the database and to provide a visual cue in the database to assist law enforcement in immediately recognizing the youth as an endangered child.

Why do we need to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act?

Sex trafficking is a complex and varied criminal problem that requires a multi-disciplinary, cooperative solution. Reducing trafficking will require the Government to address victims, pimps, and johns; and to provide training specific to sex trafficking for law enforcement officers and prosecutors, and child welfare, public health, and other social service providers.

Human trafficking is a criminal enterprise that imposes significant costs on the economy of the United States. Government and non-profit resources used to address trafficking include those of law enforcement, the judicial and penal systems, and social service providers. Without a range of appropriate treatments to help trafficking victims overcome the trauma they have experienced, victims will continue to be involved in crime, unable to support themselves, and continue to require Government resources rather than being productive contributors to the legitimate economy.

Many domestic minor sex trafficking victims are younger than 18 years old and are below the age of consent. Because trafficking victims have been forced to engage in prostitution rather than willfully to committing a crime, these victims should not be charged as criminal defendants. Instead, these victims of trafficking should have access to treatment and services to help them escape and overcome being sexually exploited, and should also be allowed to seek appropriate remuneration from crime victims’ compensation funds.

What you can do to help?

Please write to and/or call your U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators and President Obama and tell them to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act of 2011 (S.596). Also please ask your U.S. Representatives, and U.S. Senators  to co-sponsor the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.

Also please sign the petition to pass the Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Deterrence and Victims Support Act.

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2011 TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS REPORT

Sex Trafficking

When an adult is coerced, forced, or deceived into prostitution – or maintained in prostitution through coercion – that person is a victim of trafficking. All of those involved in recruiting, transporting, harboring, receiving, or obtaining the person for that purpose have committed a trafficking crime. Sex trafficking also can occur within debt bondage, as women and girls are forced to continue in prostitution through the use of unlawful “debt” purportedly incurred through their transportation, recruitment, or even their crude “sale” – which exploiters insist they must pay off before they can be free. It is critical to understand that a person’s initial consent to participate in prostitution is not legally determinative: if they are thereafter held in service through psychological manipulation or physical force, they are trafficking victims and should receive benefits outlined in the Palermo Protocol and applicable domestic laws.

Child Sex Trafficking

According to UNICEF, as many as two million children are subjected to prostitution in the global commercial sex trade. International covenants and protocols obligate criminalization of the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The use of children in the commercial sex trade is prohibited under both the Palermo Protocol and U.S. law as well as by legislation in countries around the world. There can be no exceptions and no cultural or socioeconomic rationalizations preventing the rescue of children from sexual servitude. Sex trafficking has devastating consequences for minors, including long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, disease (including HIV/AIDS), drug addiction, unwanted pregnancy, malnutrition, social ostracism, and possible death. 

Bureau of Justice Statistics

          According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and its 2003, 2005, and 2008 reauthorizations, human trafficking has occurred if a person was induced to perform labor or a commercial sex act through force, fraud, or coercion. Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking, regardless of whether force, fraud, or coercion was present.

          The Department of Justice (DOJ) funded the creation of the Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS). This system provides data on human trafficking incidents investigated by federally funded task forces.

          An incident is defined as any investigation into a claim of human trafficking or any investigation of other crimes in which elements of potential human trafficking were identified.

Summary Findings

  • Federally funded task forces opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking for investigation between January 2008 and June 2010.
  • Federal agencies were more likely to lead labor trafficking investigations (29%) than sex trafficking investigations (7%).
  • Among the 389 incidents confirmed to be human trafficking by high data quality task forces—

– There were 488 suspects and 527 victims.

– More than half (62%) of the confirmed labor trafficking victims were age 25 or older, compared to 13% of confirmed sex trafficking victims.

– Confirmed sex trafficking victims were more likely to be white (26%) or black (40%), compared to labor trafficking victims, who were more likely to be Hispanic (63%) or Asian (17%).

– Four-fifths of victims (83%) in confirmed sex trafficking incidents were identified as U.S. citizens, while most confirmed labor trafficking victims were identified as undocumented aliens (67%) or qualified aliens (28%).

– Most confirmed human trafficking suspects were male (81%). More than half (62%) of confirmed sex trafficking suspects were identified as black, while confirmed labor trafficking suspects were more likely to be identified as Hispanic (48%).

(Source: bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov)