Press Release January 11, 2018

It’s January, and Even President Trump Agrees: 
It’s time to Eradicate the Evil of Enslavement!

This month, President Trump reaffirmed President Obama’s anti-human trafficking declaration and proclaimed that we should “recommit ourselves to eradicating the evil of enslavement.” This continues the tradition President Obama began in 2010 when he declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. 

The Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking is already committed to doing all it can, as the current proclamation urges, “to end the horrific practice of human trafficking that plagues innocent victims around the world.”  In fact, the Coalition was formed with the mission of doing just that on a local level.  Marin is part of the Bay Area, one of the largest hubs in the US for human trafficking, sometimes known as modern-day slavery. 

A year ago, Coalition volunteers fanned out across the county bringing information and posters to businesses required by law to display them.  These posters are designed to raise awareness about human trafficking and connect victims to the national hotline to get help in escaping their traffickers. They also alert customers and staff about this hidden crime and how to report suspicious behavior. Research has shown that displaying these posters significantly increases reports to police departments.

The state of California recently added inns to the list of businesses that are mandated to display these posters, so this year’s outreach efforts will focus on Marin’s hotels and motels.  Managers will also be offered on-site training for staff. The Coalition, including its law enforcement members, see this as an especially important sector for reducing the incidence of both labor and sex trafficking.

Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar business that ruins lives and brings crime into even the nicest places—Marin, for example!  To even make a dent, we need educated eyes on the look out. We need informed young people who have learned how to avoid entrapment. We need enlightened adults who understand that buying sex or even under-paid labor often has tragic consequences.  We need YOU!  Please do what you can to prevent human trafficking this month—and every month!

In the news: School Soccer Coach in Sacramento Charged With Trafficking Teenage Girls

From The New York Times: The call came in shortly before 3 a.m. on Christmas Day: A frightened 17-year-old girl, hiding in the backyard of a suburban California home, told the operator that she had been trafficked into prostitution by a man waiting for her in a nearby car. 

San Rafael child-sex sting snags 5 suspects

A team of investigators in Marin arrested five men in a sting targeting child prostitution. The sting was held last weekend as part of Operation Cross Country, an annual nationwide crackdown on juvenile sex trafficking. The San Rafael Police Department, the Novato Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office participated in the local operation.

Marin Panel Sounds Warning on Sexual Predation

Marin District Attorney Ed Berberian delivered a stark message on human trafficking Wednesday during a panel discussion on the topic sponsored by the Marin County Bar Association. “We’re not immune from it in Marin; it’s here,” Berberian said. “In Marin since 2014, we’ve had 17 individuals who have been charged with human trafficking violations.”

Lawsuit: Forced to have sex with 1,000 men, girl now suing the motel that she says let it happen

Lawyers in Pennsylvania say their client was sexually exploited at a motel for years, alleging the teen girl was a victim of human trafficking who was forced to have sex with more than 1,000 men. The teen’s lawyers are using Pennsylvania’s human trafficking law to sue the motel where they say their client was sexually exploited, marking the first civil suit under the law since it was enacted in 2014. The girl, now 17, wants the hotel to pay for what happened to her.

Back Page Sex Ads Are Gone

OAKLAND, Calif. — Since she was 14, Tiffany says, she has been sold for sex, offered via hundreds of advertisements on Backpage.com, a website that grew rich on classified ads for services like escorts, body rubs and exotic dancers. Far from being a marketplace for consensual exchanges, Backpage, the authorities said, often used teasers like “Amber Alert” and “Lolita” to signal that children were for sale.

Ashton Kutcher Speaks to Senate Hearing About Sex Trafficking

Ashton Kutcher delivered a powerful monologue for his latest role Wednesday: Witness at a Senate hearing titled entitled, "Ending Modern Slavery: Building on Success."

Flight Attendant Save Passenger from Human Trafficking

An organization training flight attendants to spot human trafficking victims is already making its mark.Former flight attendant Nancy Rivard founded Airline Ambassadors International, an organization focused on providing humanitarian services by leveraging connections with airlines. One of their main focuses is training airline workers to spot victims of human trafficking.

 

Kamala Harris, California Senator

 
 

 

NOT FOR SALE: Combating Human Trafficking in the Bay Area and Marin County - SB 1193 Poster Project

Last year, the Marin County Coalition to End Human Trafficking was formed to raise awareness and develop a regional and collaborative approach to ending all forms of human trafficking in this area. The Coalition has plans to get the word out in a number of ways. Its main focus will be getting informational posters into local businesses, like bars and transportation centers, where victims of trafficking may find themselves. The Coalition is also partnering with Marin Libraries to train staff members on how to recognize possible victims and to provide educational workshops for the public in libraries around the county. Click the button below to learn more and for workshop dates and locations.

See article in the Marin Independent Journal, February 20, 2017:
Poster Law: Hidden Problem - Human trafficking campaign to get underway in Marin

Human Trafficking Sweep in San Diego County

More than 400 people were arrested in a three-day statewide sweep aimed at stopping the sexual exploitation of young women and girls, law enforcement authorities in San Diego and other jurisdictions announced Tuesday.

2017 Presidential Proclamation:
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Our Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart - its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who rejected such cruelty helped us overcome one of the most painful chapters in our history as we worked to realize the promise of equality and justice for all. But today, in too many places around the world - including right here in the United States - the injustice of modern slavery and human trafficking still tears at our social fabric. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others. Click the button below to read entire proclamation.