Human Trafficking Conference
Commercial sexual exploitation and human labor trafficking represent two examples of modern day slavery. Offenders have avoided the detection of law enforcement in the past. Human trafficking serves as a new commercial enterprise for criminal street gangs. Unlike drugs or weapons, the trafficking of human flesh involves a reusable and easily renewed resource. The victims are often children. By using the Internet and moving across jurisdictional lines, traffickers attempt to avoid detection. It has been estimated that human trafficking has become a more than $32 billion criminal enterprise worldwide in which more than 21 million men, women and children in 161 countries are being trafficked for commercial sex or forced labor.
The Riverside County District Attorney's Office is committed to aggressive prosecution of traffickers. As a key member of the Riverside Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) -- one of nine such regional task forces statewide -- the District Attorney’s Office engages in the prosecution of offenders, training of law enforcement partners, building community awareness, and seeking legislative change to strengthen the laws against traffickers.
On July 19, 2013, the DA's Office hosted, at the downtown Riverside office, a Human Trafficking Prosecution Conference which focused on the best practices in attacking human labor and sex trafficking. Presented in cooperation with the United States Attorney's Office, the conference brought together more than 150 law enforcement officials, state and federal prosecutors, victim advocates and other first responders. The presentations also included hearing from two human trafficking survivors. A keynote talk on the current state of human trafficking prosecution was given by Andre Birotte Jr., the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.
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