Problem: Human Trafficking
Human trafficking- the illegal practice of procuring or trading in human beings for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, or other forms of exploitation.
Over the Super Bowl Weekend, over 600 individuals were arrested for being involved in human trafficking. Next year, the Super Bowl will come to Santa Clara, so how will we prevent this problem from coming into our own community?
- Approximately 300,000 children are at risk of being prostituted
- the average age of entry into prostitution is 13-14 years old
- the average victim is forced to do things against their will 20-48 times a day
- one in three teens on the street will be lured to prostitution
- Department Of Justice has identified the top twenty human trafficking jurisdictions in the country:” Houston • El Paso • Los Angeles • Atlanta • Chicago • Charlotte • Miami • Las Vegas • New York • Long Island • New Orleans • Washington, D.C. • Philadelphia • Phoenix • Richmond • San Diego• San Francisco • St Louis • Seattle • Tampa (Department of Justice)
- approximately 17,500 people are are trafficked into the country every year
Why it happens
Our current global economic system continues to reward wealth and exploit the poor. Sexual trafficking is connected to the feminization of poverty. Seventy percent of the world’s poor are women and girls, most of whom live in developing countries with limited options available to them.
According the U.S. Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, the number of adults and children currently in forced labor, bonded labor and forced prostitution is 12.3 million. Worldwide, 1.8 per 1,000 persons is a victim of human trafficking, increasing to 3 persons per 1,000 in Asia and the Pacific. Sixty-two countries have yet to convict a trafficker under the U.N. Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, and 104 countries have yet to establish laws or regulations regarding human trafficking.