08.02.2018

Sex Trafficking in Oakland

Human trafficking is happening around the world, but what can you do to combat it in your community? 

If you believe someone is at immediate risk,  report it to law enforcement by calling 911 or contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling 1-888-373-7888 or texting HELP to 233733.

The Situation

Sexual exploitation illustration showing neon sign and cashEvery country is affected by human trafficking. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of modern slavery worldwide with 62% exploited for labor and 38%  sexually exploited.

Oakland has been identified as a sex trafficking hotspot.

Traffickers often target victims through online grooming and trick them with false promises of romance or friendship.


Anyone can be vulnerable to human trafficking, but certain factors can make people more at risk. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Socio-economic or family circumstances
  • Psychological or physical condition
  • Age
  • Legal status
  • Prior victimization

Reports in Oakland suggest that over 70% of victims have experienced former abuse.

 

Trafficked persons are controlled through:

  • Physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse
  • Confiscation of identity documents
  • Social isolation and restricted movement
  • Debt bondage and financial dependence
  • Threats of violence to themselves and their family members
  • Fear of being reported to authorities and enforcement

 

Know More

Modern day slavery rarely takes the form of people in visible chains. It is a clandestine crime – hidden in plain sight.

 

What questions can you ask yourself?

  • Does the person providing sexual services seem anxious or withdrawn?
  • Do they appear to be under the control of somebody else?
  • Are they closely watched, guarded or supervised?
  • Are there signs of physical abuse?
  • Do they keep the money they are paid?
  • Is there any strange activity in a motel or hotel?
  • Are any of the people involved minors?

Learn more about how to SPOT THE SIGNS

Do more

Resilience building illustration showing connected web of organisations and peopleSTOP THE TRAFFIK is working in collaboration with local organizations, law enforcement and the No Traffick Ahead workgroup to raise awareness, mobilize communities and increase community resilience to human trafficking in the Bay Area.

 

 

You can join the fight against this heinous crime.  Report any suspicions you have:

Alameda County Child Abuse Hotline:            510-259-1800

Oakland Child Exploitation Unit:                      510-238-7910

National Human Trafficking Hotline:               888-373-7888

HEAT Hotline:                                                      510-208-4959

 

Photo slide four of Facebook post: Lisa Kristine/Human Thread Foundation

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