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Foreign Travel Brief

Human Trafficking Training

 

Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion in exchange for labor, services, or a commercial sex act.

Causing someone under the age of 18 to engage in a commercial sex act, regardless of using force, fraud, or coercion is human trafficking under U.S. law.

Human traffickers use various forms of force, fraud, and coercion to control and exploit victims. These forms include imposing of debt, fraudulent employment opportunities, false promises of love or a better life, psychological coercion, and violence or threats of violence.

The crime of human trafficking hinges on the exploitation of another person. People often falsely believe “human trafficking” implies victims must be moved from one place to another to qualify as a victim. Human trafficking does not require transportation to be considered a crime. It is a crime that can be committed against an individual who has never left his or her hometown.

In most cases, trafficking of illegal drugs and human trafficking go together. Transnational and international drug traffickers and criminal organizations often look to increase profits through diversification. This means using trafficking routes for drugs, labor, sex, and violence. Transporting people for sex is just another way to make money.  Human trafficking can look like prostitution, drug addiction, gang activity.

Questions to ask include, does the potential victim: Act fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, or nervous particularly around their work or someone they know? Defer to another person to speak for him or her and avoid eye contact? Show signs of physical and/or sexual abuse, physical restraint, confinement, or torture? Show signs of being harmed or deprived of food, water, sleep, medical care, other life necessities, or personal possessions?

Report human trafficking at 1-866-347-2423 or call OSI Detachment 111 at 661-277-2208.

Upcoming 2023 human trafficking awareness events:

  • Saturday, January 14th - Bakersfield Condors Human Trafficking Awareness Night - Doors at 6:00 PM, Game at 7:00 PM 
  • Saturday, January 21st - Anti-Trafficking Volleyball Tournament
  • Wednesday, January 25th at 6:00 PM - Light Up the Night Event 
  • Saturday, January 28th at 7:00 AM - Race Against Trafficking 5K Run/Walk