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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Orange County Human Trafficking Town Hall highlights the growing threat

Laguna Niguel, Calif. – range0 September Orange County officials joined 100 residents at a human trafficking town hall to discuss the county’s human trafficking crisis.

Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Todd Spitzer said the county is taking a tougher stance than the state against the crime of human trafficking.

“We will not allow Sacramento to change our standard of living here in Orange County; We’re always going to fight, ”said District Attorney Todd Spitzer.

“When we get the suffix of our visions, we have a conviction rate of 5 percent. These traffickers – I’m talking brokers – have been around for decades. We have stuck to them forever. I am proud that we are taking them off the road and we are actually breaking the shackles under which these women have had to live.

The Human Trafficking Task Force highlights the $ 32 billion industry in the United States, with 80 percent female victims and 70 percent male traffickers.

Nicole Stratman, coordinator of the Orange County Social Services Agency, points out that from 2014 to 2014, the agency that contacted explo0 percent of exploited youth had previously been victims of child abuse; And 100 percent of trafficked youth law enforcement has a previous history of child abuse.

“The eighty people who were victims of child abuse in Orange County knew their perpetrator,” Stratman said. “It gives them a connection to someone and builds trust there.”

Officials focused on sexually exploited children in the county, saying previous abuse and neglect was a major risk factor for exploitation, making it even more risky for strangers to see young people online.

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In 2015, the number of young people exploited by the Human Trafficking Task Force in Orange County was equal both inside and outside the county. As time goes on and school officials receive effective training, calls to children in Orange County have increased and calls to children outside the county have decreased, Stratman said.

Orange County Deputy District Attorney Kimberly Wah said 100 percent of the counties handling human trafficking cases in the county include sex trafficking, with known cases of boyfriend-pimp relationships being about 14 years old for the average woman.

“These relationships can be seen as a relationship of domestic violence to the untrained eye,” Wah said. “They keep going back to their abusers … because they believe their traffickers love them.”

The OCDA office was formally formed in 2012 and currently has five designated prosecutors and three investigative staff in the Human Trafficking Task Force.

In Sacramento, pending legislation, Senate Bill 357 threatens to legalize lutering with the intent to commit prostitution. If approved, the human trafficking task force would cease to exist, an investigator told a news conference.

“Why on earth would we forgive it and legitimize it?” Says an investigator. “What we’re doing is forgiving the abuse and exploitation of our young girls … I believe our DA and our law will support us, at least in Orange County. I’m not worried about being out of work. I am concerned that our daughters are being abused. ”



This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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