According to the U.S. Department of Defense website, “Human trafficking is a crime in which force, fraud, or coercion is used to compel a person to perform labor, services, or commercial sex. It affects all populations: adult, children, men, women, foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, and all economic classes.”
During the month of January, when National Human Trafficking and Slavery Prevention month is recognized, Bakersfield Behavioral would like to help in the education and awareness of these horrendous acts, in hope that conversations can start to take place. Every year, more than 99 Billion dollars are made from sex trafficking and over 51 Billion in forced labor. The act of taking someone from the home and their family, forcing them to perform labor, services, or sexual favors for profit of others has unfortunately been taking place for way too long. There are 4.5 million people worldwide that are victims of forced sexual exploitation and 21 million people worldwide that are victims of forced labor. It is time that we come together as a community to ensure the safety and well-being of all human kind, banding together to make a better world for the ones we love.
We encourage you all to learn more about our history, learn more about what is happening in our own back yards today, and learn how you can make a difference. If you know someone who has endured human tracking, we encourage to share with them the appropriate resources they may need in order to start to heal.
Please visit www.dod.defense.gov for more information on this topic or reach out to their National Human Trafficking Resource Center at: 1-888-373-7888. If you suspect human trafficking, please contact the Department of Defense Inspector General Hotline at: 1-800-424-9098.