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HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS COMMUNITY PRESENTATION Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Presenters Name and date of presentation
SCOPE OF GLOBAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Approximately 35.8 million people are enslaved around the world. There are more slaves today than at any other point in history. "Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act; or, commercial sex involving a person under 18 years of age." –U.S, Department of Homeland Security* Human trafficking is the second largest organized crime in the world, right behind drugs. *Local definitions may vary based on state statute
GLOBAL IMPACT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Human trafficking is a highly-organized and lucrative business, generating an estimated $150 billion per year. More than one million children have been exploited in the global commercial sex trade. American sex tourists account for 25 percent of the global sex tourism market.
MINOR SEX TRAFFICKING IN THE U.S. Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas A child of any age and either gender can be trafficked. More than 100,000 American children have been forced into the commercial sex trade in the U.S. In the U.S., 1 in 3 runaways is approached by a sex trafficker within the first 48 hours after being on the streets. More than 40 percent of all human trafficking incidents opened for investigation in the U.S. involve sex trafficking of a minor.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN KANSAS Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Kansas is crossroads for national commerce and transportation. Gangs in Kansas are finding it more lucrative to sell people than drugs. Courtesy: Kansas Department of Transportation
COMMON ISSUES AMONG VICTIMS Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Girls involved in Kansas are typically: Runaways Past history of physical/sexual abuse Addicted to drugs/alcohol Photo Courtesy of Brett Myers/Youth Radio.
(2013) KANSAS HOUSE BILL 2034 Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas The bill created new fines for those who sexually exploit children and provided for forfeiture of property. It channels that money to a Victim Assistance Fund. It established a new crime called “commercial sexual exploitation of a child” which can be used in the arrest and prosecution of a suspect who has allegedly lured minors into the sex trade. Children are now treated as victims, not criminals. It removed the word prostitution from the statute.
DEFINITIONS Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Human trafficking includes, “recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjecting the person to involuntary servitude or forced labor.” K.S.A. 21-5426(a) Aggravated human trafficking includes, “recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining, by any means, a person under 18 years of age … with or without force, fraud or threat or coercion … to engage in forced labor, involuntary servitude or sexual gratification…” K.S.A. 21-5426(b) Commercial sexual exploitation of a child is “giving, receiving, offering or agreeing …to receive … anything of value,” to act in, “procuring, recruiting, inducing, soliciting, hiring or otherwise obtaining any person younger than 18 years of age,” for sexual gratification. K.S.A. 21-6422
ROLE OF DCF Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Rapid Response Team Initial assessment of alleged human trafficking victim to determine safety, placement and treatment needs Investigation of allegations of sexual abuse of suspected human trafficking victim to determine validity When appropriate, placement of child in DCF Secretary’s custody, option of Staff Secure Facility Continuum of Care for human trafficking victims
HOW TO REPORT Call Kansas Protection Report Center, 1-800-922-5330 and Report to local law enforcement, 9-1-1 For more information: www.humantrafficking.dcf.ks.gov or National Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-373-7888 or text INFO or HELP to BeFree (233733) Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas
COMMUNITY TRAINING PROJECT Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas Communities can help combat minor sex trafficking by: Identification and Reporting Making our communities unappealing to those who would sell and purchase children for sexual relations Train community organizations and churches Train first responders Train community leaders Educators Officials Healthcare professionals Legal professionals
GOVERNOR FIGHTS HUMAN TRAFFICKING Strong Families Make a Strong Kansas “This bill will not only strengthen our ability to severely punish traffickers, it will give us valuable new tools to protect vulnerable young victims so they can have hope of a new life and break a cycle of exploitation.” - Governor Sam Brownback