The Radical Feminists' 2012 SAAM Day of Action against Human Trafficking

04/07/2012 12:00 am
author: 
Cathy Mendonca (cmendonca(at)riseup.net)

This April, the Radical Feminists of San Diego will mobilize a direct action in solidarity of 2012's Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign on a local, national and global level to demand the abolishment of human trafficking, the modern-day form of slavery.

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will. The factors that each of these situations have in common are elements of force, fraud, or coercion that are used to control people. Then, that control is tied to inducing someone into commercial sex acts, or labor or services. Numerous people in the field have summed up the concept of human trafficking as "compelled service." Every year, human traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits by victimizing millions of people around the world, and here in the United States. Human trafficking is considered to be one of the fastest growing criminal industries in the world.

Human trafficking affects every country around the world, regardless of socio-economic status, history, or political structure. Human traffickers have created an international market for the trade in human beings based on high profits and demand for commercial sex and cheap labor. Trafficking is estimated to be $32 billion industry, affecting 161 countries worldwide.

In the US, sex trafficking has been found in a wide variety of venues of the overall sex industry, including residential brothels, hostess clubs, online escort services, brothels disguised as massage parlors, strip clubs, and street prostitution.

In San Diego, law enforcement identified the city as an international gateway for sex trafficking and one of the 13 cities in the nation with the highest incidence of child prostitution.

In anticipation of the Radical Feminists' direct action in April, please check out the following trainings, teach-ins and other events planned in the upcoming months here in San Diego.

February

Training: Human Trafficking: Thursday, Feb. 9 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
SD Family Justice Center Training (Free) 1122 Broadway, Ste. 200. (conference room) RSVP to tbelengonzal@pd.sandiego.gov.

March (Women's History Month)

Training: Immigration Training: Thursday, March 8 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm SD Family Justice Center Training (Free) 1122 Broadway, Ste. 200. (conference room) RSVP to tbelengonzal@pd.sandiego.gov.

(Tentative Events for March 2012)

The Centro Cultural de la Raza
Teach-in at Occupy San Diego (Through Radical Feminists of SD)
International Women’s Day March

April

Advancing Compassion Project 's Film screening of "1000 Breaths"
http://1000breaths.blogspot.com/2011/01/today-11111-is-human-trafficking...

The 2012 SAAM campaign website (http://www.nsvrc.org/saam/current-campaign) provides tools and resources that focus on promoting positive expressions of sexuality and healthy behaviors. Promoting healthy behaviors encourages sexual interactions and relationships that are consensual, respectful and informed. By starting the conversation, this dialogue can build safe, healthy relationships and communities.

Other great websites are

http://www.polarisproject.org/take-action
http://www.traffickjamming.org/faq.html

****SPREAD THE WORD****
If you believe you are a victim of human trafficking or may have information about a potential trafficking situation, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC). 1-888-3737-888. Hotline Call Specialists are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the country related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur. All reports are confidential. Interpreters are available.
They are NOT a government entity, law enforcement or an immigration authority.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.

Submit a Tip Online
The information you submit will be reviewed by the NHTRC and forwarded to specialized law enforcement and/or services providers where appropriate. For immediate assistance or to speak directly with an NHTRC Call Specialist, please contact them through the 24-hour hotline.
Confidential Online Reporting Form
http://www.polarisproject.org/what-we-do/national-human-trafficking-hotl...

Event Location: 
To be Announced