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End the Cycle of Human Trafficking

Many people think that human trafficking happens only in far away countries, but it’s thriving in every Bay Area zip code. Traffickers profit greatly from this crime, and they exploit the vulnerable wherever they reside. However, trafficking rears its ugly head in rundown motels and neglected properties, while also co-opting the most luxurious apartments and hotels. Sex and labor trafficking are hidden in plain sight, so until our eyes are trained to see, most of us pass by it, while victims silently suffer.

Human Trafficking is the new growing epidemic in the United States

US citizens are trafficking other US citizens, many of them children.

Trafficking devastates the vulnerable and disenfranchised, decimates families, and hurts businesses.

Trafficking empowers organized crime and gang members.

In the Bay Area, between 1000 and 2000 people come to the surface for help every year. What we don’t know is whether this represents 20% or 4% of cases. If it’s the latter, the number of victims would equal the population of Palo Alto.

Human Trafficking is Invisible

The face of slavery has changed. The slavery that was outlawed in the US in 1863 has now taken the form of labor and sex trafficking happening in plain sight, as perpetrators exploit the vulnerable in neighborhoods and businesses that we pass by every day. The victims, both domestic and international, suffer silently under the heavy hand of coercion, as this injustice goes unidentified and unchecked.

Myths about Trafficking:

Myth #1 Victims are from other countries

US citizens are trafficking US citizens

Myth #2 Victims are mostly female

Boys and men are trafficked too

Myth #3 It's mainly Sex Trafficking

Labor Trafficking is ubiquitous

Without Your Help It Will Grow and Worsen

Human Trafficking cases reported
to the National Human Trafficking Hotline

in 2012

Human Trafficking cases reported
to the National Human Trafficking Hotline

in 2018

*Source: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states

Your eyes may see this crime everyday – without identification and reporting, individuals will continue to be exploited and cases will not be investigated or prosecuted. For every person who is equipped to identify and report trafficking, we take a step toward unveiling this hidden scourge. Your eyes are needed to send a message to traffickers that this injustice will not be tolerated.

We Have a Formula to Break the Cycle of Human Trafficking

We have observed a pattern in trafficking cases, and have created a targeted approach to disrupt this cycle at three points that traffickers rely on daily. Traffickers need a place to WORK, MOVE and SLEEP.

 

Our Model

Work

Traffickers need a place to work, and it must be easily accessible to customers. The majority of these places are rented, e.g., hotels, motels, and apartments.

Move

Traffickers often keep victims on the move and away from familiar places. This lowers the chances of being reported, and lowers the risk of victims escaping. Thus, they use airports, roads, and public transportation.

Sleep

Trafficking victims must have a place to stay at night. This is usually done in a very economical and supervised way, e.g., one room for many, rather than separate rooms for individuals.

We provide a simple solution to a complex injustice.

We train the best people to end the worst problem

TRAIN FRONTLINE EMPLOYEES

Airport, hotel, property management, transportation, healthcare and educational employees are uniquely positioned to spot trafficking when at work. BAATC will complete the training of 600 frontline San Francisco International Airport employees in 2020. BAATC is currently training 100 property managers on trafficking identification at their properties.

PROVIDE ONLINE TRAINING

BAATC plans to expand our premiere in-person trainings to be available for massive online distribution. This a gap throughout all of North America. Online training would allow us to reach an estimated 5,000 – 10,000 additional frontline employees in the next 36 months with our in-depth and industry-specific training​.

OPERATE REGIONAL TIP LINE

BAATC is testing a regional Tipline for individuals to report information about what they are seeing where they work and live. Law enforcement has expressed this as a major need in order to increase prosecutions. BAATC is committed to staying connected to the people we train to help them develop actionable information.

Learn More How to Donate

The Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition believes we need to stand together to SUSTAIN in the fight against trafficking. GIVE of your resources to help the BAATC continue as the leading local presence that is making a global statement: human trafficking will not be tolerated in the Bay Area — period. Your financial contributions enable us to continue to do the work of strengthening the Bay Area’s collective response to combat human trafficking on all fronts. Leverage YOUR impact – help us, help YOU in your neighborhood. Give today.

Stories

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Lantern Video

Although modern slavery is hidden in plain sight, we often don’t have the eyes to see it. BAATC exists to shine the lantern into the darkness of this injustice and bring it to light.

Equipping the Individual

We believe that every individual has a place at the table when it comes to fighting human trafficking. BAATC equips individuals to make their unique contribution to the anti-trafficking movement, whatever your occupation or background.