To view the source of this video, click here.
•The average age that a victim is first trafficked for sex in the U.S. is just 12-14 yrs old.
•Many victims are runaway girls who have already suffered sexual abuse as children.
•Traffickers or pimps are master manipulators who gain a victim’s trust before forcing them into commercial sex acts and keeping them compliant through violence and drugs.
•California harbors three of FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
•The prevalence and anonymity of the internet has fueled the rapid growth of sex
trafficking, making the trade of women and children easier than ever before.
The statistics above were taken from the Hidden Treasures Foundation website.
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Ask them to Support the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA, S. 1301)
“Our leaders need to know that this is too important for them not to act. Your leaders are listening but we need to be clear with them: Enough Already. It’s time to rise above slavery.”
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Abolish 21st Century Slavery and Human Trafficking
Who: Any individual fighting to abolish slavery and human trafficking. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking and promoted by Slavery No More. To view a list of the speakers, click here. To view a list of the exhibitors, click here.
What: “An annual forum convening local and federal law enforcement, anti-trafficking government agencies and NGOs, business and legal-community leaders, state and federal policy makers, international representatives and journalists to explore trafficking trends, foster increased education, inter-agency and NGO participation, and to inform and inspire influential business leaders and the public on how and why they can and should take immediate action to help abolish 21st century slavery and human trafficking, for the sake of the 27 million innocent victims worldwide.”
Where: Skirball Cultural Center, Ahmanson Hall, Los Angeles, California
When: August 10-11, 2012
To learn more about this event, click here.
Cynthia McFadden, a reporter from ABC Nightline, investigates Backpage.com and its participation with human trafficking in the United States. Watch the short investigation below to learn how law enforcement is striving to fight this issue and meet a few of the girls who were sexually exploited through the use of Backpage.com.
To learn more about this investigation, click here.