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Spot Trafficking While Travelling

We are coming upon a season when many of us will be on the road travelling. While at rest stops and airports, you may come upon a potential trafficking situation.

In a story in IJReview,  A  trucker shared how he faced such a situation this year and became a lifeline to someone trapped in sex trafficking. He happened to see the face of a distraught girl in a windoof an RV and activity that tipped him off to what was happening. He called authorities who arrested two traffickers and rescued a 20-year old female. See the article and video here.

Shared Hope Int’l provides a fact sheet on signs of trafficking while travelling. This includes terms pertaining to sex trafficking one might overhear and signs one may observe about the potential victim, the environment, and circumstances. Download and print to review and have handy when you are travelling.

If you see a potential trafficking situation, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline,  888-373-7888, wherever you are at for assistance. They can contact the appropriate local responders and provide guidance to callers.

Are you a trucker or travel frequently? You can be an important aid by being a lookout for potential trafficking. Get resources and assistance from Truckers Against Human Trafficking.

Even if you aren’t a trucker, the Truckers Against Trafficking phone app provides signs of trafficking and numbers to call and is a great resource for anyone.

If you are planning on flying, CNN Freedom Project provide a list of signs, compiled from human trafficking response organizations, to look for in an educational article this summer (visit article for details). These might not mean someone is being trafficked, but could be an indicator. If you suspect a trafficking situation, contact airport authorities, police, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

1. A traveler is not dressed appropriately for their route of travel.

2. They have a tattoo with a bar code, the word “Daddy.”

3.  They can’t provide details of their departure location, destination, or flight information.

4.  Their communication seems scripted, or there are inconsistencies with their story

5. They can’t move freely in an airport or on a plane, or they are being controlled, closely watched or followed.

6 .  They are afraid to discuss themselves around others, deferring any attempts at conversation to someone who appears to be controlling them.

7. Child trafficking: A child being trafficked for sexual exploitation may be dressed in a sexualized manner, or seem to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. A child may appear to be malnourished and/or shows signs of physical or sexual abuse, such as bruises, scars, or cigarette burns.

Main tip: If anything seems “off,” contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Operators are trained to help you.

Click on the image to go to the Truckers Against Trafficking website.
Click on the image to go to the Truckers Against Trafficking website.

Chosen Online and on DVD

Chosen-Plus-Packages

Chosen Prevention Curriculum  This comprehensive video resource reveals the warning signs and sometimes fatal consequences of sex trafficking to equip teens to protect themselves and others from being trapped in the horrific and violent sex industry.  DVD sets comes with conversation guides and other helps. DVD versions include a gang edition with information pertinent to  sex trafficking within gangs. DVD also has a Spanish Version. You can see the Chosen and Chosen Gang Edition videos on YouTube.

Child Victims of Domestic Violence Focus of CAPC Conference

Tulare County Child Abuse Prevention Council is focusing on the effects of domestic violence on children, and what can be done, at the 10th annual Cynthia Lockhart Mummery Conference, “Behind Closed Doors- The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence”  on Thursday, October 29, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Holiday Inn in Visalia,  9000 West Airport Drive.  See CAPC’s event calendar

Cost is $50 with limited scholarships available for parents, foster parents, and students for $25. Lunch is provided. CEUs available (see below). View and download the registration and information form here.

“Behind Closed Doors- The Hidden Victims of Domestic Violence” starts with focus on the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Study. It is the largest investigation into the connection between childhood trauma and health and well-being issues suffered later in life. The study supports the need to address and prevent child abuse.

With an understanding of the ACE study, the effect of domestic violence on children will be explored from all sides. The context is presented from the perspectives of academics,  law enforcement, a survivor herself, local responders, and community awareness workers.  Those attending will have the opportunity to express their own response to domestic violence as a form of child abuse and to decide how to respond.

Goals of the conference are:

  • To increase knowledge of the ACE study and the long term physical and mental effects of traumatic experiences
  • To increase awareness of the long term effects of children who witness domestic violence.
  • To Increase understanding of domestic violence as a form of child abuse from many perspectives.
  • To increase awareness of the Lisa Project as a tool to educate the community about child abuse and neglect, particularly from the perspective of a 6 year-old child’s 911 call.

Conference Speakers:

Carol Redding
Carol Redding

Carol Redding, MA worked with the ACE study as a CDC Fellow as has since focused on educating other about about ACE.  She is also a survivor who also presents from personal experience.

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Gailerd Swisegood

Gailerd Swisegood, LCSW, is an instructor at COS in Social Services. He has extensive experience in the field as a Clinical Services Director at Family Services of Tulare County and other agencies.

Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff's Office
Mike Boudreaux

Mike Boudreaux, Tulare County Sheriff, MA, Administration of Justice, has extensive education and experience in law enforcement. He is a graduate of LAPD’s West Point Leadership Academy and a graduate of the FBU National Academy.

Alma Borja, Family Services of Tulare County
Alma Borja

Alma Borja is director of Karen’s House, the local emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, a facility that is part of Family Services of Tulare County. Family Services of Tulare County has been a non-profit agency working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and child abuse since 1983.

Gene Hardin, Project Creator and Director of the Lisa Project, San Joaquin County Child Abuse Prevention Council, has a background in theater and marketing, skills he used to create this experiential, walk-through exhibit that communicates, through stories and visual effects, what child abuse looks like.

Gene Hardin, Lisa Project
Gene Hardin, Lisa Project

CEUs are available through Brandman University, provider #PCE 1821 to MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LCSWs. Cost is $45. See brochure for details. CEUs for RNs are provided for free by the Tulare County Public Health Department.

For more information,  contact CAPC Director Billie Shawl at 559-735-0456 or email billieshawl@sbcglobal.net

Opportunity To Support Bill To Fine Sex Buyers/ Support Survivors

Authors of a state senate bill, currently in the state legislature, seeks to create a minimum fine for sex buyers and provide funds for  services to survivors.

Senate Bill 776, created by Senator Marty Block, San Diego, would create an amendment to the Section 647 of the Penal Code and include:

– Mandatory fine of $700-$2,000 (in addition to other penalties) to sex buyers
– Allocate portion of fees to fund shelter, counseling, and other direct services and exit programs for victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse

Currrently, the bill has been set for hearing May 12.

View proposed Senate Bill 776 here

California Against Slavery (the organization behind Prop 37 that created the 2012 human trafficking law) is inviting supporters to get involved in their “Lobby  Day 2015” to support the bill.

Lobby Day takes place at the California State Capitol in Sacramento on Wed., June 17, 2015 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Participants can speak to their  representative’s office and are encouraged to personally voice support for SB 776 and anti-trafficking efforts. Cost is $10 for lunch and materials. Sign up here

“Lobby Day is an empowering event where you can speak to your legislators’ offices and personally voice your support for anti-trafficking efforts. Groups and families welcomed!” states CAS in their latest campaign. “Training is provided and no experience necessary, we need volunteer advocates from all across California!”

For those who can’t make Lobby Day, they have several ways to get involved:

  • “Lobby from Home” June 1st to June 12th CAS will mail supporters a packet of postcards  to sign and mail in. CAS asks that participants share with friends and family who can mail in the cards themselves. Email requests with your name, mailing address, and number of postcards needed to info@californiaagainstslavery.org
  • “Sponsor an Advocate” Help sponsor survivor advocates to Lobby Day. Each contribution will help to cover travel costs. Make a donation here, and add a note: “sponsorship.

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English/ Spanish Human Trafficking Educational Videos Released By Local Organization!

Fresno County’s Centro La Familia has recently launched an educational human trafficking video, now available online and on DVD in English and Spanish.  The video is a dramatization that follows the story of a young woman who finds help after being forced into domestic servitude.
The English version was released in January. 
The videos can be view and shared through their YouTube channel. Watch the Spanish version here and the English version here. The videos are also on our human trafficking YouTube channel, CV Abolitionists!
This video is also available on DVD. Call Centro La Familia at (559) 237-2961 to obtain free copies for your organization’s use. The video is a great educational tool that can be used in waiting rooms, presentations or for training purposes.
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Clip from “A Story on Human Trafficking,” presented by Centro La Familia Advocacy Services
Centro La Familia Family Services‘s mission is to empower low-income people to access life sustaining resources. Regarding human trafficking, they do outreach to rural communities, awareness and education to communities, and assist victims of human trafficking by helping them access needed services, as well as other work.