End Human Trafficking Intervention Plan Paper

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Assessment of the Problem
Human trafficking is the form of modern day slavery and it is a worldwide problem that affects our local communities. Human trafficking presents itself in two forms: sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Human trafficking touches people of all ages: children, young adults, and the elderly. Human trafficking is defined as, “ the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat of use of force or other forms of coercion, or abduction,” (Lightfoot, p.1, 2013). According to the San José Police Department there are approximately 600,000 to 800,000 people that are trafficked across international borders each year. Out those 800,000 people it is estimated that 18,000 to 20,000
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He also states that government agrees that human trafficking is a problem, however, only about 15 million dollars has been invested over the past seven years. Acosta states that the tools needed are there, but there is a lack of will in the political power, not enough public awareness, and that there are not enough resources.
On a statewide level in California there are task forces assigned to combat human trafficking. In San José, California the task force assigned to fight against human trafficking is the San José Police Department and Community Solutions. There are other agencies such as the YWCA that collaborate with law enforcement, legal advocates and pro-bono attorneys, victim service providers, faith communities and community activists. The most common human trafficking in the South Bay is Commercially Sexually Exploited Children, although sex trafficking of women and labor trafficking still occur.
Community efforts include the Not for Sale campaign that provides awareness and resources for victims and at risk individuals. There is also currently a conference that is going to be held through FIGHT (What does this stand for?). The primary purpose of the conference is to motivate the community and local churches to get involved to fight against human trafficking. The conference will focus on education, creating positive change, abuse prevention programs for local
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