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Stop human trafficking

 

 

Important Numbers

SJPD Human Trafficking Task Force Nat'l Hot-Line:
888-373-7888

 

Federal Bureau of Investigation
(408) 369 - 8900

United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
866-DHS-2-ICE

Community Solutions
24 Hour Crisis Line
(408) 683-4118

Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence - 24 Hour Crisis Line
(408) 279-2962

 

Related Links

Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Strategy and Operations e-Guide

Federal Bureau of Investigation

United States Dept. of Justice

United States Department of State

Department of Health and Human Services Rescue and Restore Campaign

Polaris Project

South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking (SBCEHT) 

 

Other Links

2011 Freedom Summit

 

Stop Human Trafficking Newsletter

Click here for information about the newsletter

 

Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Current Issues

Human Trafficking Task Force

SJPD Stop Human Trafficking Task Force

HUMAN TRAFICKING...

SCOPE OF THE PROBLEM:

Trafficking in persons is a modern day form of slavery. According to the 2005 Trafficking in Persons Report, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. The United States Department of Justice estimates 18,000 to 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Internationally, there are many groups working to combat human trafficking. The United States is a recent entrant to this struggle. Aside from producing the most comprehensive analysis of trafficking in persons, the United States has been
successful in encouraging countries with trafficking problems to take action against it.

VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING HAVE RIGHTS

No one can legally force a person to work against his or her will. Victims of trafficking in the United States are entitled to protection and assistance, including:

  • Information about their rights
  • Access to translation/interpretation
  • Free or low-cost legal services Federal and state benefits

 

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A CRIME UNDER THE UNITED STATES LAW

The Trafficking Victim Protection Act (TVPA) passed in 2000, served to broaden the definition of trafficking to include a wide array of exploitation, defining severe forms of human trafficking as:

  1. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age; or

  2. 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.

WHO IS TRAFFICKED?

Men, women, and children can fall victim to human trafficking. Trafficked persons originate from countries around the world but can also be United States citizens. They are forced to work in the sex industry or in labor situations such as domestic servitude, manufacturing, construction or migrant agricultural work.

 


WHERE TO FIND VICTIMS

Throughout the United States and more specifically Santa Clara County, we have only scratched the surface in terms of identifying victims of trafficking. In order to properly identify victims, it is important to remember that victims are not always transported from abroad, but that they may also be United States citizens, or victims being domestically trafficked.

IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK

What to ask when you suspect a person is a victim of human trafficking.

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  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid?
  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you or your family been threatened?
  • What are your working or living conditions like?
  • Where do you sleep and eat?
  • Are there locks on your doors or windows so you cannot get out?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat, sleep, go to the bathroom?
  • Has your identification or documentation been taken from you?


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