Human Trafficking

Human trafficking, or “modern day slavery”, is a crime and a global phenomenon that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another person through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. These human rights violations can occur in the forms of commercial sex (sex trafficking) and forced labor such as domestic servitude, factory or agricultural work.   To report a tip or connect with service providers and shelters in your local area, call the National Human Trafficking hotline at 1-888-3737-888.

In our housing program, we work directly with human trafficking rescues. Watch the videos below to hear their stories.

 

 

 

 

Indicators of human trafficking may include but are not limited to:

  • General Indicators: Victims are not free to leave, and are being forced to perform labor/services.
  • Physical Indicators: Victims may have tattoos indicating someone else’s ownership, along with injuries/scars from abuse or assault.
  • Financial/Legal Indicators: Someone else has possession of the victim’s legal and/or travel documents. The victim is not receiving a fair wage for his/her work or owes money to his/her employer.
  • Labor Camps/Sweatshops: Bars on windows; barbed wire surrounding facility, doors that lock from the outside (Are the facility’s security measures meant to keep people out or in?). Workers transported in groups and/or living together or with the employer.
  • Sex Industry/Brothels: This could be a massage parlor, other place of business, or a residence. There may be large amounts of cash and condoms on location; men come and go frequently and/or late at night.

Grandma’s House of Hope partners with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) by providing shelter to clients and promoting awareness of human trafficking in Orange County. To learn more, click here to visit OCHTTF’s website.