Sex slave woman “too scared” to leave

This is another example of a case that, while tragic, is NOT a case involving human trafficking.  In order for a situation to qualify as being human trafficking, there must be an exchange of money or something else of value, and coercion, force or fraud must have taken place.  The article states “Police believe the woman was trafficked into Northern Ireland by the man”, but since he didn’t “sell” her to anyone else, this is not human trafficking.  It IS reminiscent of the local Jaycee Lee Dugard case and shows how the psychological damage of living in these circumstances is huge.  Read the full article here.  4/21/17

Merced “Human Trafficking” Arrests

This is an example of what Human Trafficking is NOT.  According to John Vanek, nationally recognized expert on Human Trafficking, “according to this article, which reads more like a press release, all the suspects were booked on charges for attempting to engage in sex with a minor.  The 288 charges are in teh Penal Code section for sex crimes.  Human trafficking is the exploitation of another.  So while the MPD did a great job arresting bad people, this isn’t really a human trafficking operation.  As police departments learn, they can label these and other “demand” ops as anti-human trafficking, they often neglect to engage in operations to identify actual victims of trafficking.  For all the (good) work MPD invested here, they did not identify or help an exploited person.”  Read the full article here.  4/21/17