What is Human Trafficking?
“Reading text messages from their 16-year-old daughter as she begged for help, the parents of the young girl could only imagine the nightmare she was living. She was being used as a sex slave and threatened with violence. This wasn’t some Third-World nation. It was happening in Marin.”⁷
Many victims can't escape and are trafficked until they are no longer of any value to the trafficker. Identifying these victims, assisting them in leaving their traffickers, and finding on-going help is a complex challenge for communities and governments alike.⁴
Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery – a multi-billion-dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it's happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom.¹
- California has one of the highest rates of child trafficking in the U.S.²
- The Bay Area is one of the largest hubs of trafficking in the country.¹
- Marin County is part of this hub.