Human Trafficking Awareness

MBC is involved in an Awareness Building Effort to make our Community aware of the tragety of Human Trafficking. We hosted a Human Trafficking Awareness Event on November 14th called Broken Restored. The follow up steps we provided for those wanting to get more involved are included on THIS LINK...
1. Human Sex Trafficking is a major issue globally, and has imbedded itself into many locations across the United States. Orange County has a significant amount of Human Sex Trafficking, with the 714 area code (Anaheim area) being one of the highest area codes used.
2. O group of concerned agenceies began to meet togetther in about 2003, and from it cam an organization called Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF), which has developed into a multi-agency effort in Orange County involving the OC District Attorney, Police Departments from many cities, non-profit service organizations and faith based organizations and others - all using a victim centered approach to compat Human Sex Trafficking. CLICK HERE to see OCHTTF Timeline
Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry. It is a form of modern day slavery that profits from the exploitation of our most vulnerable populations. Attorney General Harris is focused on combating the pervasive issue of human trafficking in California and has made it one of her top priorities.
In March 2014, Attorney General Harris released Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime, the first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations in California. In recent years, transnational criminal organizations and affiliated domestic gangs have expanded from drug and firearm trafficking to the trafficking of human beings. From cross-border tunnels for transporting victims to domestic recruiting of vulnerable populations in our local communities, these criminal organizations have set aside traditional rivalries to set up commercial sex rings that profit from the sale of human beings, in particular young women and girls.
The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) is not a single agency, but a "virtual" organizational structure, officially and unofficially, holding multiple agencies and fields together aligned with a common purpose. In order to adequately handle the complex nature of human trafficking crimes and the wide range of victims including both foreign and U.S. nationals, the task force was formed in Orange County in 2004 to help address various concerns from enforcing laws to taking on a victim-centered approach to helping victims of this crime.
The task force is a collaboration of law enforcement, victim service providers, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and the community. The purpose is to work together to protect victims, prosecute offenders, prevent further perpetration of the crime, and partnership building to help increase capacity and resources, as well as improve efficiency and efficacy. No on agency can do it alone. Lead agencies include the Anaheim Police Department, CSP Victim Assistance Programs, the Huntington Beach Police Department, The Salvation Army, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Orange County Sheriff's Department, and California Highway Patrol. Additional key stakeholders include the U.S. Attorney's Office, the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Public Law Center.
Currently, the task force has about 90 collaborative MOUs with government and community partners. To learn more about the task force and get involved, attend a monthly general task force meeting. All meeting dates and times are updated on the website events calendar