The problems of sex trafficking are both disturbing and relevant and we have laid out some of the main issues here.
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.
California is a hot spot for domestic human trafficking because of its large population, international borders, large economy, extensive ports, and metropolitan regions.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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