Saturday, March 25, 2006

Program Paints Grim Picture of Human Trafficking

In an article posted today on the North County Times' website, Andrea Moss reports on a recent event held in San Diego county and organized by the American Association of University Women to call attention to the problem of sex trafficking within thier area:
A nearly all-female audience listened attentively as five experts involved in coordinated efforts to stop human trafficking and teen prostitution shared shocking statistics, as well as personal insights during a program at the Seven Oaks Community Center. Some of the information left listeners sitting in stunned silence or shaking their heads in disbelief.

The speakers said forced labor or prostitution is a modern-day form of slavery. The description covers people pressed to labor as domestic servants, nannies, agricultural workers, restaurant workers or other types of laborers through the use of force, fraud or coercion, as well as those forced into prostitution, the experts said.

Women and young children are the typical victims, they said. Human trafficking and prostitution will not go away until community members join the fight against it, the speakers said.

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