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Monthly e-Tip: Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is often viewed as a foreign issue; however, this is a very real issue here in our own community. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery according to the United States State Department. In most cases, victims of human trafficking are exploited for commercial sex or labor purposes. Human traffickers use force, fraud or coercion to achieve exploitation. After drug dealing, human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms trade as the second largest criminal industry in the world. This illegal market profits over $32 billion dollars a year worldwide—that’s more than the Walt Disney Company, Amazon, and Starbucks Coffee make COMBINED.

Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking
Sex trafficking is the commercial sex act induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person performing the act is under the age of 18. Victims can be found working in massage parlors, brothels, strip clubs, or escort services. Labor trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to recruit, harbor, transport, obtain or employ a person for labor or services in involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery. Victims can be found in domestic situations such as nannies or maids, sweatshop factories, janitorial jobs, construction sites, farm work, restaurants, or panhandling.

Characteristics of Human Trafficking

Who Are Victims of Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking Indicators

What You Can Do
If you believe you know a location that may be being used for the purposes of human trafficking, please contact the Bakersfield Police Department immediately. If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888. This hotline will help you determine if you have encountered victims of human trafficking, will identify local resources available locally to help victims, and will help you coordinate with local social service organizations to help protect and serve victims so they can begin the process of restoring their lives. If you are interested in volunteering your time to assist victims of human trafficking in Kern County, you can contact the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking.

If your organization is interested in learning more about human trafficking and how to identify victims, the Bakersfield Police Department’s Community Relations Unit is available for presentations. If you are interested in a presentation, please contact 661-326-3053.