Human Trafficking: What It Is, How To Spot It, How To Report It

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act.

Human trafficking is a serious crime with millions of victims all over the world, including California. Awareness of what human trafficking is, how to recognize signs, and how to report the suspected crime is an important part we can all play. It is important for the public to not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. The public should instead contact local law enforcement or call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line at 1-866-347-2423.

In recent news, the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission and the Consulate of Mexico in Fresno signed a formal partnership that will help increase awareness of human trafficking victim rights and provide education about the resources available to Mexican national victims of slavery and trafficking. This  demonstrates another important step and partnership in the worldwide effort to help victims of human trafficking.

Cal OES also provides grant funding to organizations and agencies that support efforts to combat human trafficking. To learn more about Cal OES Grants, click here.

To learn more about human trafficking, visit the DHS webpage here.




Monica Vargas

Monica is an Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). She has been involved in the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, Valley Fire, Butte Fire, historic drought, Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, 2017 winter storms, North Bay Fires, Camp Fire, Ridgecrest Earthquake, 2020 Puerto Rico earthquake EMAC PIO, 2020 fire siege and the COVID-19 pandemic. She previously served Cal OES as an analyst in the executive, international affairs and technology offices.

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