Sex Trafficking – Join Us

Sep 2013 Trafficking Trafficking is modern day slavery.  Join us Feb 27, 7:00-9:00p at the Alameda Free Library in the city of Alameda to hear a panel discuss the issue. Want to car pool? email us at office@lwvbae.org by Feb. 26.

February 27 Forum:  An expert panel will discuss “Human Trafficking:  Modern-Day Slavery in Alameda County” on Thursday, February 27 from 7:00-9:00p at the Alameda Free Library, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda, CA.

Jeffrey Tsai from the SF Office of the State Attorney General will be keynote speaker, with panelists Maia Sciupac of HEAT-Watch Oakland, Josie Camacho of the Alameda Labor Council, and Jadma Noronha of the Sage Project SF.  There will also be tables set up for organizations involved in human trafficking issues to display their resource materials.

The February 27 forum is put on by the LWV Alameda, with co-sponsoring by the City of Alameda Police Dept, the LWV Eden Area, and the LWVBAE.

Although San Francisco and Oakland are considered by experts to be major sex trafficking hubs, it would be shortsighted to ignore the possibility of trafficking occurring in Berkeley.   Many runaway and homeless teens are attracted to the area, providing a pool of vulnerable young people.

 At the recent Feb 18 Conversation Vice Mayor Linda Maio and League member and Chair of the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women Lori Droste reported on research on sex trafficking in Berkeley.  Last spring, the Berkeley City Council established a subcommittee, chaired by Vice Mayor Linda Maio, to address sex trafficking within Berkeley.

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