Human trafficking is a problem in every state, and in every community.
If you believe that someone is being trafficked or exploited, call the The National Human Trafficking Resource Center to report your suspicions and seek help. All calls are treated anonymously:
Here are some of the warning signs to look out for.
Common Work/Living Conditions
Rarely allowed out of the house, unless their employer or guardian is with them
Has few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes regardless of the weather or circumstances
Lives in a location that has high security measures (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
Seems to work excessively long or odd hours
Lack of Control
Does not have identification documents, or is not in control of his/her own identification documents
Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating)
Abnormal Behavior in Public
Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
Avoids eye contact and speaking with others
Inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
Poor Physical Health
Shows signs of physical abuse or physical restraint
Getting the state Legislature to do something about [human trafficking] seems like it should have been a slam dunk. Don’t politicians love to run for re-election as being tough on crime? If that’s what you think, you don’t know the politicians who control the California Legislature.
“There was massive resistance from certain people in the Legislature,” Chris Kelly, one of the original organizers of Proposition 35, recently told the Sacramento Bee. “That surprised the heck out of me because I think these should be no-brainer issues.”
Carissa was 12 years old when she was coerced into prostitution.
"I remember him vividly putting his arm around me and acting like he was my buddy. Within days, he was raping me violently."
With children as young as 11 or 12 being exploited for sex, there is a pressing need to differentiate between pimps and prostitutes. Nearly all prostitutes in the US are victims of child sex trafficking, and activists around the country are pushing for law enforcement to recognize them as victims - while focusing their efforts on the real criminals, the pimps and johns who make this industry possible.
The CASE Act will raise the penalties for human trafficking, forcing sex traffickers to register as sex offenders, and mandating training on human trafficking for law enforcement.
It will also funnel more funds for victim support.