There are often misconceptions on the types Human Trafficking that exists in Monterey County. It is easy to recognize human trafficking as the sexual exploitation of a human being; however, there are various facets of what falls into the category of human trafficking. There are three main forms of human trafficking: Sex Trafficking, Labor Trafficking, and Commercial Exploitation of Children (CSEC).
According to SharedHope International, sex trafficking is defined by the force, fraud, or coercion to cause a commercial sex act. Sex trafficking is a thriving industry because the demand continually fuels this business. Buyers continuously fuel the market with money, making sex trafficking one of the most profitable industries in the world.
Labor trafficking is similar to sex trafficking, but instead of exploiting a victim sexually, it is the exploitation of labor. It is imperative that we all recognize that labor trafficking exists as it most certainty affects people of color and people with undocumented status in Monterey County. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines labor trafficking as, “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a the person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.”
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention defines (CSEC) as, “a range of crimes and activities involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a child for the financial benefit of any person or in exchange for anything of value.” This definition is broad and needs the most attention. Children are not for sale, in any way in any form
We are on a mission to protect the most vulnerable in our community. Our work continues toward ending Human Trafficking while providing help through a robust Human Trafficking program. YWCA-MC is proud to partner with several prominent organizations to bring you the Human Trafficking Symposium online event. This free Monterey County event will help the community be better informed as to the risks and those at risk and how we help.
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