Stop Human Trafficking by joining the YWCA-MC in the fight.
Our Human Trafficking program consists of a variety of services designed to support victims of human trafficking in becoming independent in a step by step process.
What is Human Trafficking?
Human Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that is widespread and occurs in the United States, California, and here in Monterey County. It is one of the largest criminal industries in the world and the fastest growing. Traffickers do not discriminate; they target the young and the old, men and women, and people from all social economic backgrounds. Homeless and foster care youth are among those at highest risk of being trafficked. Young girls are the most common victims. We see victims everyday as they are found in places familiar like city streets, strip clubs, massage businesses, hotels and motels and places we never expect like factories, construction, truck stops, domestic homes, farming and landscape, and janitorial services.
Traffickers abuse their victims for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, and/or debt bondage through force, fraud, and coercion. Human Trafficking victims suffer:
FORCE: rape, beatings, confinements
FRAUD: promises of a good job and home, love and companionship, or a better life
COERCION: threats to a person or family, isolation, psychological abuse, debt bondage, taking identification documents, food deprivation.
Myths VS. Reality
MYTH: Human Trafficking involves movement from one country to another.
REALITY: Human Trafficking need not involve movement, it happens domestically.
MYTH: Human Trafficking involves young women.
REALITY: 80% of trafficking victims are female and 50% are children, but men and women of all ages are trafficked.
MYTH: Traffickers are members of criminal organizations.
REALITY: Traffickers may be part of large criminal organizations, gangs, or drug cartels; human trafficking is the second leading criminal enterprise, second only to the drug trade. Other traffickers are small business owners and individuals. Some trafficking is done by family members of the victims.
MYTH: Trafficking survivors are not U.S. Citizens.
REALITY: 80% of human trafficking survivors in the United States are U.S. Citizens. Most human trafficking in the U.S. occurs in New York, California, and Florida.
MYTH: Human Trafficking is not taking place in my neighborhood.
REALITY: It can and often does. It is hidden in plain sight in our neighborhoods.
Know the Red Flags of a Victim
LIVING HEALTH: Evidence of being controlled. Not free to leave or come and go as she/he wishes. Responds with rehearsed answers. Lacks control of own money or identification
MENTAL HEALTH: Avoids eye contact. Defensive or argumentative. Mistrust of individuals displaying compassion. Bonded with her/his abuser, in spite of experiencing physical or sexual violence.
PHYSICAL HEALTH:Tattoos or scarring of trafficker’s name and/or
symbols on the victim’s body. Visible signs of sexual violence, physical restraint, confinement or torture. Malnourished, exhausted, sleep deprived and poor hygiene.
If you see the red flags, ask these questions:
What kind of work do you do?
Do you live with your employer?
Do you get paid?
Can you leave your job if you need to?
Have you or your family been hurt or threatened if
you tried to leave?
Where do you sleep and eat?
Are you in debt to your employer?
Do you have your ID and/or Passport? If not, who
We help Human Trafficking victims take control of their lives. Our services include, but are not limited to:
Participants are assessed for referrals to
local and out of county safe house program
Participants are monitored by specialized
case management personnel
Transitional housing case management is
provided upon qualification
Participants have access to on-site and
off-site counseling referrals. Alternative therapeutic settings including equine therapy, art therapy and yoga
Celebrate Recovery sessions
Weekly courses and activities are provided
for self-healing, growth, and life enrichment
All participants are assisted with educational
and/or job placement
Volunteer opportunities and Community
T & U-Visa Application Assistance
Family Law Legal Document Assistance
Cease and Desist Letters
Domestic Violence & Civil Harassment
Emergency Fund Assistance