Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking (RCAHT) Taskforce
Protection. Prevention. Prosecution. Partnership
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Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is the second largest criminal industry in the world today and the fastest growing. Human trafficking affects both international and domestic victims, males and females and of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
It is estimated there are over 27 million slaves currently worldwide today and between 600,000-800,000 people being trafficked across international borders every year. People are a reusable resource unlike crimes involving drugs, stolen property, or fraud where you have to replenish your source. It is a crime that goes unnoticed throughout the world until it impacts us or someone we know.
Human Trafficking is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purpose of involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery, through force, fraud, or coercion. The crime of human trafficking can involve labor or sex trafficking.
- Sex trafficking: When a person is under the age of 18 fear, fraud, or coercion is not necessary to establish they are victims of human trafficking. Sex trafficking can be found with juveniles conducting prostitution and someone is benefiting from it financially or gaining anything of value. Sex trafficking with adults can occur when the victim feels compelled to conduct prostitution by another person. Sex trafficking can also occur with child pornography, in brothels, massage parlors, escort services, and exotic dancing.
- Labor trafficking, like sex trafficking, is based on profit. Labor trafficking is the act of forcing a person to work for little or no pay. Labor trafficking can include domestic servitude, manual labor, agricultural work, sweatshop factories, or roadside vending.
Human Trafficking and human smuggling are two separate crimes. This is a common misconception. Human smuggling is a crime against a country’s immigration laws where people are brought across a national border and it requires movement. Human trafficking is a crime of exploitation against a person and a victim may or may not initially consent. Human Trafficking does not require movement.
How to Report Suspected Human Trafficking
There are several reporting options available. For life-threatening emergencies, please call 9-1-1 for immediate law enforcement assistance. For non-life-threatening emergencies, or to report suspected human trafficking activity to the task force contact:
Since there are no direct ports of entry into the United States that exist in Riverside County, many believed that human trafficking crimes would not be prevalent in areas such as this; however, when the Sheriff and his staff began to take a closer look, it was evident that cases involving human trafficking were occurring in Riverside County. Since the identification of a human trafficking victim can be difficult, it was apparent that training and victim services had to play an intricate role in the formation of this taskforce. Many of the human trafficking victims identified in Riverside County belong to minority groups, some of whom are in the country illegally. A victim's immigration status makes identification and rescue of these victims problematic.
The U.S. Department of Justice's National Incidence Study reported that 1.7 million children run away or are thrown away each year, with just 357,600 reported as missing to the police. Conservatively, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) estimates that at least 100,000 children each year are caught up in the insidious world of child prostitution, with the average age of entrance being 12-14 years old. In Riverside County alone, as of October 2012, Riverside County Sheriff's deputies have responded to and investigated over 4,000 reported runaway incidents.
The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force is a collaboration of agencies working together to:
1) Identify and rescue victims of human trafficking,
2) Proactively investigate, identify, apprehend, and prosecute those engaged in human trafficking,
3) Promote greater public awareness through marketing, trainings, and understanding of the nature and scope of human trafficking within the County of Riverside.
These agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Diplomatic Security Service, United States Attorney’s Office, California Attorney General’s Office, Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Operation SafeHouse, and Million Kids. The RCAHT Task Force also partners with local law enforcement agencies to include Hemet Police Department and Riverside Police Department.