BEYOND THE HEADLINES
January 15, 2012
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings
This episode of Beyond the Headlines looks at a topic many do not believe exists in a country like the United States. This modern day slavery is called human trafficking, and it's happening right here in the Bay Area.
According to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission:
- Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, right behind drug trafficking.
- There are as many as 27 million people living in slavery-like conditions.
- Women and girls make up 80% of the people trafficked worldwide.
- Each year 1 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade.
The perception is that trafficking only affects women enslaved for commercial sexual exploitation. However, trafficking has a variety of forms including forced labor and debt bondage.
Lt. John Vanek (Ret.)
San Jose Police Department
Human Trafficking Expert
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888
Alameda County District Attorney
Adult Case Manager
The SAGE Project (Standing Against Global Exploitation)
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