The Problem

The problems of sex trafficking are both disturbing and relevant and we have laid out some of the main issues here.


Sexual exploitation of domestic minors is rampant

Trafficking victims report they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers per night. Conservatively, a domestic minor sex trafficking victim is likely to be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of her victimization through prostitution.


It’s in our backyard

California is a hot spot for domestic human trafficking because of its large population, international borders, large economy, extensive ports, and metropolitan regions.


The scope of the problem is huge, and growing

Gangs and other criminal enterprises have learned that the sex trade and prostitution provide higher profits—an estimated $32 billion per year worldwide—with a lower penal and detection risk than drug or weapons trafficking.


Existing efforts are not enough

Experts estimate that less than one percent of victims in Los Angeles have been identified. Only 8.5 offenders are convicted for every 100 victims identified.

Our Response

The project employs a collaborative, victim-centered approach to convene and focus organizations from multiple sectors—including law enforcement, city and county government, the legal system, nonprofit service providers, businesses and the faith community—on specific tangible goals


Communication – Los Angeles Area Awareness Campaign

Local media campaign geared towards public awareness of the problem: print, television and internet. Program details provided to enforcement and victim service providers, as well as to faith, business and grass-root community organizations and potential victims


Advocacy – Collaborative Vertical Prosecution

According to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, “A vertical prosecution model run outside routine vice operations can help law enforcement better protect victims and improve prosecutions.” This is happening in Los Angeles with the LAPD Human Trafficking Unit and the FBI Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team, but additional advocacy is needed.


Recovery – Short & Long Term Safe Houses

Pioneer multi-agency, multi-service center for co-located first responders to safely house victims within hours of recovery and ongoing care and follow-up by multi-agency, multi-service support team


Engagement – Business, Faith and Grass-Root Communities

Ongoing convening and engagement of volunteer groups to provide wrap-around services in support of goals, including leveraging resources for housing and safe houses.

Find out more about the faith initiative to abolish trafficking here: LINK

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Just a friendly reminder that our Quarterly CARE 18 Meeting is TOMORROW!

Topics of Conversation
--Workgroup Updates (and celebrations!)
--Refining 90 Day Goals (we need your input!)
--How to Join in the Fight (or get more involved)

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Upcoming events

October 18, 2016

Men Standing Against Trafficking – October 18, 2016

Human Trafficking is happening here in our own backyards.  As the men of Southern California, we're not willing to let it continue.  Stand up for th...

Starts at: 8:30pm Place: Various Locations
November 12, 2016

FIAT – November 2016

Los Angeles has one of the highest rates of human trafficking of any city in the US. Churches across LA are coming together to do something about it. ...

Starts at: 9AM Place: 2828 Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA
December 7, 2016

CARE18 LA – December 7, 2016

Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise is Southern California. The CARE18 project employs an 18-month collab...

Starts at: 11:30am
January 14, 2017

LA Freedom Walk 2017

Walk in unity to end trafficking. Join others as we bring awareness and showcase incredible organizations who are working to prevent trafficking and a...

Starts at: 9am Place: TBD

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