Countering Human Trafficking

Sex work, like any labor, should be conducted consensually, and no one who does not wish to engage in sex work should not have to do so at the behest of another person or organization. Sex workers, like any workers, deserve safe working conditions, fair wages and the right to leave the industry if it doesn’t suit them.

As the trade association of the adult industry, we take issues of sexual exploitation, trafficking, and violence with extreme seriousness. We value the human rights of all workers, and therefore take a strong stance against those who would force, deceive, or coerce someone into commercial sex or other work.

Traffick Acts

Why do we talk about Human Trafficking?

Unfortunately, the stigma associated with the adult industry, and conflation of consensual adult sex work and forced sex trafficking, means the adult industry is frequently used as a scapegoat in conversations around trafficking. Additionally, the historic schism between the sex worker rights movement and the counter trafficking movement, has meant that efforts to curb trafficking often come in the form of increased surveillance, censorship, and criminalization of the adult industry as a whole. Thankfully, we believe this is shifting, and increasingly, the two camps have much to agree on when it comes to keeping all workers safe while preventing exploitation and violence.

FSC works closely with a growing list of counter-trafficking organizations to connect victims with services when needed, and work with legislators and law enforcement to create and implement policies that serve the most vulnerable.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is the trade of humans, most commonly for the purpose of forced labour, including forced sexual exploitation. Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights.

The United Nations has a more detailed explanation of human trafficking, which we employ in our own policy.

What does FSC and the Adult Industry do to counter Human Trafficking?

We have a zero tolerance policy for any form of human trafficking. Coercion, forced labor, and exploitation have no place in the adult industry, and FSC continues to work closely with performers, performer advocates, and adult companies to strengthen the rights of those working in the industry.

When our office is contacted by someone who may have witnessed or experienced human trafficking, we act immediately.  Reaching out to law enforcement is a crucial step, and FSC is able to provide legal resources and victim advocacy services to assist with that step. We also reach out to our counter-trafficking coalition partners to help meet the needs of any victims that may be affected.

Finally, when appropriate, we issue an industry alert to our contacts within and adjacent to the adult industry in order to raise awareness of the situation and prevent further victimization and exploitation.

One of the best ways to fight trafficking and other exploitation in an ongoing way is to strengthen the rights of workers. This means:

  • including them in any policy discussions that affect their lives and livelihoods
  • educating workers in the industry about their rights
  • educating companies about best practices and how to spot trafficking
  • working with law enforcement and counter trafficking organizations to address possible incidents and collaborate on policies with legislators that empower and support workers
  • supporting decriminalization of consensual adult sex work, as recommended by Amnesty International’s 2016 Research Summary on Human Rights Abuses Against Sex Workers, which states, “criminalization of sex work does not reduce trafficking. Some research indicates that decriminalization of adult consensual sex work may in fact help victims of trafficking and lead to more effective anti-trafficking efforts.”

What can you do?

Should you know of or suspect someone of being trafficked or exploited, we recommend contacting your local law enforcement, as well as these counter-trafficking organizations.

FSC is happy to assist with this process if individuals are concerned about interfacing with stigma as they navigate these services.

 

Resources

Call: 1-888-373-7888

help@humantraffickinghotline.org  |  www.humantraffickinghotline.org

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. The Hotline’s mission is to connect human trafficking victims and survivors to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. The Hotline offers round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help.  

Learn more at www.humantraffickinghotline.org to:

Llama la línea gratuita y confidencial 1-888-373-7888:

  • Denunciar casos de trata
  • Conectarse con servicios en su localidad
  • Pedir información o recursos en español sobre la trata de personas y la esclavitud moderna.

 

BeFree Textline

Text Help to 233733 (BeFree)

Hours of Operation: 3:00pm – 11:00pm EST

Victims and survivors may send a message to BeFree (233733) to get help or to connect with local services. Learn more about BeFree here.

If you are aware of a child known to be missing, please contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC).  Since 1984, NCMEC has been a national leader in providing resources relating to missing and exploited children.

Website: http://www.cybertipline.com

Phone: 1-800-THE-LOST

 

California/LA county:

Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)

http://www.castla.org/services

CAST’s client services programs offer support all along the continuum of a human trafficking survivor’s journey, including: emergency response, counseling and skills training, shelter, legal advocacy and survivor leadership.

Sacramento:

Sex Workers Outreach Project-Sacramento

http://www.swopsacramento.org/services/

The Sex Workers Outreach Project- Sacramento is a California State social justice network dedicated to reducing harm, improving healthcare, and upholding both civil and human rights of sex workers and their communities. Our focus is on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy, while addressing the health and well being of both trafficking victims and those who engage in survival sex.

Sexual and General Health – Condoms, lube, and help setting up health screening appointments for workers, giving them ideas for communication techniques with health care providers – Drug treatment information and placement services.

Personal Safety while working in the Sex Trade – SacSwop provides panels and classes on spotting predators, high risk clients, condom breakage, street safety, parlor safety, and Internet safety. We have dealt with some of the most difficult problems in the sex trade and can attack problems knowing the intricacies of how the industry works. This equivocates for a decrease in collateral damage.

Sex Worker Interface and Capacity Building  Programs – Sacramento Swop specializes in professional interface programs educating law enforcement, medical professions, probation officers, clergy and educators.

Exiting from Sex Work – Here at Sacramento Swop we know how to exit and still live, as some of us have done it. We address the change in lifestyle, self esteem, resume building, re-education while using those skills you have acquired and knowing what services are available, and how to access them. We can give you support in staying safe after exiting and how to deal with past clients. With self esteem and real world transitional support, the control is put back in the hands of the sex worker. They themselves can decide when to stay and when to leave.

Food Program and Work Program – SWOP Sacramento provides both hot meals and meal boxes to our participants. This program is staffed by clients who are now the cooks, outreach coordinators, and servers. Each week we prepare a hot meal, which is served to our homeless workers in the fields. In addition, we deliver food boxes to mothers with children in Sacramento and Yolo counties.

Safe House – At the end of 2014 SWOP Sacramento founded our SWOP Safe House. A house where those in desperate need can find a hot meal and a clean bed. We accept those who are escaping pimps and traffickers as well as those engaged in survival sex or who are victims of violence in the sex trade.

Clothing and Essentials –  SWOP Sacramento partners with Deseret Industries to provide clothing and basic essentials for our program participants.

Drop in Center  Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. SWOP Sacramento in conjunction with the Gender Health Center will host a sex worker safe space.  Here both cisgender and transgender will be offered free and confidential STD screening, peer counseling, good food and good conversation. Located at The Gender Health Center 2020 29th street, downstairs.

For more information about our services please contact Kristen DiAngelo at inquiries@swopsacramento.org

Orange County:

Abeni

http://www.abeni.org/

Abeni exists to create a safe confidential place for those working the Orange County sex trades, as well as those being domestically sex trafficked.

As allies and advocates, we aim to be a present source of relevant relational, and holistic support for those who are working or have worked in the adult entertainment industry.

No strings attached. No ulterior motives. No hidden agenda.

 

 The Wayne Foundation

http://waynefdn.org/

Spreading awareness of human trafficking occurring in the United States and providing direct services for young women victimized by commercial exploitation.

The Wayne Foundation operates the third drop in center in Florida recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services. It is located Charlotte County Florida, and serves clients throughout Southwest Florida. Their target clientele are young women aged 13-25. Their Drop In Center is equipped to provide daily services that include, but are not limited to:

  • Food
  • New clothing
  • Access to a shower
  • Media Center
  • Mental health assistance
  • SNAP/Medicare Benefit sign-up/renewal
  • Family Counseling
  • Education assistance
  • Transportation to and from the center

 

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