Human Trafficking Prevention & Intervention

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Survivor Services

Trauma-informed support and advocacy is available through our crisis response program, community-based advocacy and emergency shelter program for adult survivors of human trafficking.

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Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force

Our multidisciplinary anti-human trafficking task force supports and encourages a collaborative effort among local and federal law enforcement, prosecutors, victim service providers, and community partners.

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Human Trafficking Initiatives

Our Initiatives program expands capacity to serve labor trafficking survivors along the Central Coast of California and trains professionals to help identify and assist individuals experiencing human trafficking.

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Labor Trafficking

Sex Trafficking

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.

Contrary to movie portrayals and social media, most human trafficking occurs over time in relationships where the individual loves and trusts the trafficker and is deceived or forced into believing that they have chosen to participate in commercial sex or forced labor. Those who have experienced human trafficking often do not see themselves as victims and may often stay in the situation because they feel fear, guilt, shame and misguided loyalty to the trafficker.

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.

Clients provided with emergency shelter since opening in 2017.
VCHTTF: Over 180 potential victims were assisted through the Task Force since 2019 including adults and minors.
More than half of those who experienced human trafficking in 2021 recently migrated or relocated to this country. (Polaris, 2021 Data from the National Human Trafficking Hotline)
The vast majority of trafficking survivors faced trauma, abuse, poverty, mental health challenges and other struggles in childhood. (Polaris, National Survivor Study, January 2023)