LABOR TRAFFICKING VICTIM ASSISTANCE TRAINING BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

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Unity Coalition Meeting

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Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and Project Concern International would like to cordially invite you to our next
Unity Coalition Against Trafficking Meeting at:

The San Diego Foundation
Liberty Station

2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106

August 9, 2016

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Guest Speaker:

Alor Calderon

Director of the Employee Rights Center

 Please join us as Mr. Calderon presents the Employee Rights Center’s services and experience with Labor Trafficking. BSCC and PCI will announce their upcoming outreach efforts. We encourage you to share any community events. We look forward to having you there!

*Please note that we will be meeting at 11:30 am.

For questions or to RSVP email: mcardwell@pciglobal.org or info@bsccinfo.org

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Unity Coalition Meeting

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Bilateral Safely Corridor Coalition and Project Concern International would like to cordially invite you to our next
Unity Coalition Against Trafficking Meeting at:

The San Diego Foundation
Liberty Station
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92106

July 12th, 2016

12:30 am – 1:45 pm

Speaker to be Announced

 Please join us as BSCC and PCI announce their upcoming outreach efforts. We welcome community event updates. We look forward to having you there!

  For questions or to RSVP: mcardwell@pciglobal.org or info@bsccinfo.org

 

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Sex trafficking sweep rescues 12 minors in Los Angeles County and nets 198 arrests

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Vice investigators arrested 198 people and rescued 18 human trafficking victims — including 12 minors — during a three-day operation targeting sex exploitation in Los Angeles County, authorities said Thursday.

The sweep, dubbed Operation Reclaim, ran from Jan. 21 to Jan. 23, in unspecified areas of Los Angeles County. Authorities said they discovered gambling, a home that was used for prostitution and several women and minors who were involved in the sex trade.

Of the 198 arrests, 115 people were booked in connection with soliciting prostitution, said Officer Liliana Preciado, spokeswoman of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Six women and 12 minors, mostly African American, were identified as trafficking victims and had been used for sexual slavery, LAPD Det. Lina Teague said. They were placed in protective custody and offered social services assistance.

“That’s what this is all about — these minors,” she said. “We are helping them reclaim and rebuild their lives.”

The women were found soliciting prostitution on the streets throughout Los Angeles County, Teague said.

The sweep involved personnel from the LAPD’s Human Trafficking Unit, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force.

 

“When you have this activity, you’ll have prostitution associated with it,” Teague said.

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In 2015, 949 human trafficking cases were reported in California, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center. More than 3,800 victims were discovered in human trafficking in the state since 2007.

Authorities in Los Angeles on Thursday morning announced that 198 people had been arrested on charges connected to sex trafficking.

The operation led to the rescue of six adult victims and 12 minors “who had been trafficked for the purposes of sexual slavery,” authorities said.

Carried out between January 18 and 23, the operation was organized by the Los Angeles Police Department’s human trafficking unit with assistance from the local sheriff’s department, the Human Trafficking Task Force and the FBI.

Among those arrested were six people thought to be pimps. Their identities were not immediately made available by the police department. The majority of the others arrested face charges of soliciting prostitution, a public information officer told Newsweek. Other charges include keeping a house of prostitution, supervising prostitution and drug possession.They arrested six pimps and found gambling at some of the locations targeted during the raid.

The children who were rescued are in protective custody and all of those rescued are receiving victim services. These victims were not trafficked across the border and all appeared to be local, authorities added.

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New bill to make human trafficking penalties stricter

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SAN DIEGO — The district attorneys of San Diego and Riverside counties joined a state senator Monday to urge passage of bills to treat human trafficking crimes committed by gang members with the same severity as other gang offenses, and to streamline prosecution of human trafficking.

The measures — both authored by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego — are subject to a final vote by the state Legislature this week.

Senate Bill 473 would add human trafficking to the list of 33 crimes that define a criminal street gang under the California Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act. The anti-gang laws include strict penalties, but the statute has not been updated to include gang involvement in human trafficking, according to Block.

Inclusion would add enhanced penalties, affect probation and parole conditions, augment law enforcement tools and affect the way cases are handled by all stakeholders in the system.

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said SB 473 “takes direct aim at gang members who would victimize young women in communities across the state of California by adding human trafficking as offenses that can be used to establish a pattern of criminal gang activity.”

“In short, it will help prosecutors build our cases against gang members, who, until now, have been slipping though a loophole in the law,” she said.

Senate Bill 939 would streamline prosecutions and reduce court costs and the trauma experienced by victim witnesses who testify in human trafficking cases that cross multiple jurisdictions. The measure would permit the consolidation of serial human trafficking, pimping and pandering charges into a single trial if all the involved jurisdictions agree.

Victims of such crimes are frequently taken to multiple cities and counties for labor and commercial sex exploitation. Prosecution involves trials in each of the multiple cities and counties where the crimes occurred, with victims testifying in each of the trials.

Current law already allows for the consolidation of other serial sexual offenses occurring in multiple jurisdictions.

“Human trafficking is the fastest-growing crime in California, and SB 939 will be a tremendous asset to prosecutors statewide and make it easier and more efficient to prosecute these types of cases,” said Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach. “At the same time, the bill will also provide human trafficking victims more protections under the law.”

Block said human trafficking is highly lucrative and stemming the crimes will involve the use of multiple tools on multiple fronts.

“Gangs and other perpetrators are using victims as their ATM machines,” Block said. “In San Diego, the human sex trafficking trade brings in $97 million in revenue, more money than drug trafficking, according to a new Urban Institute study. We need to fight this on all fronts.”

Fox 5 News POSTED 3:44 PM, AUGUST 11, 2014, BY

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