What Is Human Trafficking?
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and a fundamental violation of a person’s human rights. Federally it was first defined by the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA).
On the basis of the definition given in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, it is evident that trafficking in persons has three constituent elements:
- The Act (What is Done): Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons
- The Means (How it is Done): Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim
- The Purpose (Why it is Done): For the purpose of exploitation, which includes exploiting the prostitution of others, sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery or similar practices and the removal of organs.
What Does it Look Like in Contra Costa County?
Given the trafficking trends throughout the world, nation, and state, we know that the East Bay region, and more specifically Contra Costa County, is not immune to the plight of trafficked and exploited persons. Human trafficking appears in many forms in Contra Costa County. Read more about human trafficking in Contra Costa County by downloading the Contra Costa County 2015 Human Trafficking Report here.
Types of labor trafficking:
Types of sex trafficking:
Why Does It Matter?
Because YOU can help to identify human trafficking victims, prevent exploitation and increase awareness and access to resources.
Learn More About Human Trafficking
- Contra Costa County Zero Tolerance for Human Trafficking
- What Can You Do About Human Trafficking?
- Other Human Trafficking Projects in Contra Costa County
- Human Trafficking Resources