Human Trafficking in the Region
Human Trafficking can happen to anyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, age, sexual orientation or immigration status. Some individuals may be more vulnerable than others due to risk factors such as recent migration or relocation, substance use, mental health concerns, involvement with the child welfare system and being a runaway or homeless youth.
Human trafficking does happen in Ventura County in industries such as agriculture, hospitality, domestic services and others. More than 1,300 cases of human trafficking were identified in California in 2021 (National Human Trafficking Hotline) Ventura County’s location along the 101 freeway makes it a corridor that provides human traffickers with fast transport and easy access across multiple counties.