Minors Prostituted in Farm Labor Camps in Southern California
LOS ANGELES, CA - The International Labor Office estimates human trafficking generates $32 billion annually.
According to the US Department of Justice an estimated 17,500 people are forced into prostitution, sweatshops, and domestic servitude in the U.S. every year. University of San Francisco ethics professor and author of “Not For Sale,” Dr. David Batstone, approximates there are around 200,000 human slaves in America right now.
This “new” form of slavery is especially evident in Southern California and along the Mexican border, where NBC San Diego’s Channel 4 News was able to film, and then broadcast, one Oceanside, CA human trafficking ring in action The overwhelming evidence of, proximity to, and devastating effects of human trafficking has prompted The Freedom Project, a benefit supporting the International Justice Mission (IJM), a human rights agency that rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, and slavery.
On Saturday, April 28, there will be a film screening, silent art auction, fair-trade tasting room, guest speaker from IJM, a special show put on by Fuel TV and live music by Jon Foreman of the band Switchfoot, Speech from Arrested Development, and DJs Trent Dean & Linney to benefit The Freedom Project.
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