California

Nicknamed the “Golden State,” California is the third largest state in area after Alaska and Texas. The discovery of gold and the immigration in 1849 of thousands of “forty-niners” in search of the precious metal helped California’s admission into the Union in 1850. Today, California, land of the giant redwoods, has the highest population of any state in the nation and is America’s principal agricultural state. It is also the home of Hollywood, the center of America’s movie and television industry. Its capital is Sacramento and the state flower is the golden poppy.

Human trafficking is a serious issue that affects people all over the world, including in California. It is defined as the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit someone for the purpose of forced labor, sexual exploitation, or other forms of abuse. Human trafficking can take many forms, including labor trafficking, domestic servitude, and sex trafficking.

In California, human trafficking is a major problem, particularly in urban areas. There have been many reported cases of labor trafficking in industries such as agriculture, restaurants, and domestic work. There have also been numerous cases of sex trafficking, particularly in the illegal commercial sex industry.

To combat this issue, California has enacted laws to criminalize human trafficking and provide support for victims. The California Department of Justice has a Human Trafficking Task Force, which works to investigate and prosecute cases of human trafficking in the state. There are also many non-profit organizations and advocacy groups in California that work to support victims of human trafficking and raise awareness about this issue. If you are a victim of human trafficking or know someone who may be a victim, there are resources available to help you. You can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or contact local law enforcement for assistance.

 

 

Sup. Jim Desmond Op-Ed: Empowering Our Youth, Combating Human Trafficking Through Education and Awareness –
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Sup. Jim Desmond Op-Ed: Empowering Our Youth, Combating Human Trafficking Through Education and Awareness –

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LA investigates if human trafficking involved after 8th bus with migrants sent from Texas arrives
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LA investigates if human trafficking involved after 8th bus with migrants sent from Texas arrives

Editor’s note: this news topic is “hot” in America, again. Human trafficking requires Action, Means, and Purpose. “Purpose” has to be for a commercial benefit. Here is a set of articles to review:  Are DeSantis and Abbott Breaking Human Trafficking Laws by Sending Migrants to Blue States? (Spoiler: no.) No, Transporting Undocumented Migrants to Martha’s Vineyard…

Roblox faces a new class action lawsuit alleging it facilitates child gambling
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Roblox faces a new class action lawsuit alleging it facilitates child gambling

In a new class action lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California this week, two parents accuse Roblox of illegally facilitating child gambling.  While gambling is not allowed on the platform, which hosts millions of virtual games that cater to children and teens, the lawsuit points to third-party gambling sites that invite users to play…

Human trafficking: A network of crime hidden across a vast American landscape
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Human trafficking: A network of crime hidden across a vast American landscape

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Vegas’ Dark Side – The Stories of Ex-Prostitutes 🇺🇸
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Vegas’ Dark Side – The Stories of Ex-Prostitutes 🇺🇸

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AAHOA supports enhanced reporting to end human trafficking – Asian Hospitality AAHOA supports enhanced reporting to end human trafficking
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AAHOA supports enhanced reporting to end human trafficking – Asian Hospitality AAHOA supports enhanced reporting to end human trafficking

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AAHOA Backs Best Practices, Enhanced Reporting Requirements to End Human Trafficking
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AAHOA Backs Best Practices, Enhanced Reporting Requirements to End Human Trafficking

ATLANTA, Ga. – Hotels and motels are on the front lines of preventing and intercepting human sex and labor trafficking. AAHOA (Asian American Hotel Owners Association), the largest hotel owners association in the world, has been working with its 20,000 members to promote awareness and prevention strategies for trafficking. As the owners of 34,000 hotels…

‘Reach every victim’ and ‘leave no one behind’: Sisters combat human trafficking
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‘Reach every victim’ and ‘leave no one behind’: Sisters combat human trafficking

July 30 is the United Nations’ World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. The theme for this year is “Reach every victim of trafficking, leave no one behind.” Our sister panelists shared what their congregations are doing to eliminate this grave offense against human dignity by responding to the question: What have you or your congregation…

Vacatur Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims: A Path to Healing and Justice

Vacatur Legal Services for Human Trafficking Victims: A Path to Healing and Justice

Editor’s note: there are many articles on vacatur on the Knowledge Vault here. I haven’t encountered anyone that has gone through this in my personal experience, so I did some research to learn about the term “vacatur.” Here’s what I learned so far… Vacatur refers to a legal remedy that allows survivors of human trafficking…

Human Trafficking: An American Tradition of Silence
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Human Trafficking: An American Tradition of Silence

In the hushed corners of our society, a sinister industry flourishes, largely hidden and unspoken of. It’s an issue so shocking and perplexing that people tend to ignore it when brought to light. This is the pandemic of sex trafficking and child sex trafficking. One might presume that in a civilized, developed nation like the…