New report on human trafficking in California contains some statistics that may be surprising to some:
“California – the nation’s most populous and diverse state and the world’s ninth largest economy – is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficking human beings.
Despite public perception, 72 percent of trafficked human beings in the state cite the United States as their country of origin, with the remainder coming from foreign countries.
Labor trafficking is under-reported and under-investigated as compared to sex trafficking. 56 percent of victims who received services through California’s task forces were sex trafficking victims. Yet, data from other sources indicate that labor trafficking is 3.5 times as prevalent as sex trafficking worldwide” (Lake County Journal, 11/18).
Read the article summarizing the report from the State Attorney General HERE, from the Lake County News, 11/18/2012.