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Trafficking Resource PDF’s from September 26, 2017, Gathering
The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report by the US State Department is available HERE.
Human Trafficking – Basic Info
San Diego is the number 1 city in the US for human trafficking followed by Oakland and New York City.
A profile of the girls “indoctrinated” have poor relationships with their mothers, are 12 years old, and special ed children.
The girls are usually found on the internet by the pimps who smooth talk them, treat them nicely, buy them clothes, get their hair done, talk about marriage some day. The girls believe these pimps and learn to trust them. When the trust factor is in place, it is too late.
The 12 year olds are desirable because they are “clean”. They do not have Aids nor do they have sexual diseases.
The hot spots for arranged meetings between the pimp and his prospective prostitute is at Parkway Plaza, Grossmont Center and the Bonita Mall.
Now the “gorilla” moves in to beat the girls, and torture them physically and mentally. Many of these predators are gang members.
It’s hard for the girls to leave because of what is called the Stockhom Syndrome. Like Patty Hearst, and the victims of a bank robber in Stockholm, the victims are so mentally twisted that they believe their survival is based on their protecting their predator.
Since launching in 2007, the sheriff’s San Diego Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has identified over 400 victims of sex trafficking. Thirty percent were minors, said sheriff’s Sgt. Jason King, who heads the effort. Authorities are seeing girls who also hail from a wider range of socioeconomic backgrounds – from the upper-class suburbs to the poor urban neighborhoods – and their average ages are 14 to 18 years old. San Diego ranked eighth nationally for child prostitution in the U.S., said a 2003 FBI audit, the last such audit done. Los Angeles was no. 1.
The statistics are alarming:
Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable victims . The Protection Project estimates that 50,000 women and girls are trafficked into the U.S . each year . The Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Reporting System (HTRS) reported in 2010 that over 30% of sex trafficking cases in the U.S. involved the commercial sexual exploitation of a child.
Reported cases of human trafficking are on the rise . The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (HTRS) hotline received 60% more calls from victims of human trafficking and a 64% increase in call volume in 2011 compared to 2010 . This follows a steady increase in reported human trafficking cases between 2008 and 2010, while the State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report of 2012 listed an increase of global prosecutions and domestic convictions.
Trafficking victims come from diverse backgrounds . The 2010 HTRS report showed that 80% of the victims in sex trafficking incidents were U.S. citizens, while more than 70% of the victims of labor trafficking were undocumented or qualified aliens . Women and girls made up 94% of sex trafficking victims, while 40% of labor trafficking victims were male . A victim may be traumatized by coercion into activities as diverse as commercial sex, selling drugs, begging on the street, or laboring in an unregulated industry.
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