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Human trafficking commission to crack down on 'modern-day slavery'

Original post made on Aug 21, 2014

Determined to push human sex and labor trafficking out of Santa Clara County and to prosecute its perpetrators, Santa Clara County convened the first meeting of its new Human Trafficking Commission on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:52 AM

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Posted by publicity
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 21, 2014 at 10:30 am

This kind of crime is horrific, but rarely mentioned in the press. How about publicizing the names of not just the pimps, but also the landlords and addresses of the properties where these crimes are occurring? Without detailed publicity, local residents won't know what to look out for in order to report suspicious activity to the police.


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Posted by POST #1
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 21, 2014 at 10:43 am

I agree with Publicity 100%. PUBLICIZE more information that would be helpful to find the villians. Web cams in locations can be very helpful to which suspected buildings, homes, institutions. There are many people who work at home or are retired who could help. Our neighborhood was able to stop crime because everyone watches or suspicious behavior and has a website that sends out emails to warn us of crimes occurring in our city that are close to our homes!

What are the ages of those being trafficed?
What do citizen's look for?
Which cities in Santa Clara County are the purpetrators of this horrific crime?


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Posted by James
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 21, 2014 at 10:56 am

The next time you see a Latino selling strawberries on the corner, you are looking at human trafficking and exploitation. When you stop to buy, you are a contributor to the human trafficking problem.


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Posted by PLEASE-DEFINE-HUMAN-TRAFFICKING
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:22 am

What exactly is "human trafficking"? Certainly all of the unaccompanied children that have been invading our Country's southern borders have come here, in large part, via the efforts of "human traffickers". The County has claimed that it welcomes these children, and presumably their families at a later date, even though the children are the clear product of "human traffickers". So—what is the Santa Clara County government saying? Seems that they are talking out of both sides of their mouth at the moment.

"Human trafficking" and illegal immigration are synonymous. If the County Supervisors don't have the intelligence to understand that—then it's time for more resistance on the part of the voters. If the County isn't going to use the opportunity to find out the names of those involved in bringing these children here—then the County is as corrupt as the "coyotes".


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Cecilia Ma, the wife of recent Mayor Yiaway Yeh did her graduate work on this topic, fyi. Now teaches at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

If income inequality persists here in U.S., this will not likely remain a foreign or faraway concept.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 21, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Mo. CeMo. I mean.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 21, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Hmmm is a registered user.

Mark, you said:
"If income inequality persists here in U.S., this will not likely remain a foreign or faraway concept."

Isn't that the point of the article, that it already exists? Income inequality has also existed for a long time, with less human trafficking, but it's been an issue here in the Bay Area for a long time. I have a family member who has been working on human trafficking issues in Calif. for about 15 years. But as we become a more mobile and international area, these problems have increased.

About twenty years ago, I met victims of human trafficking. Some were Irish, some were Mexican, all were women. It doesn't occur to most law-abiding residents that those they meet are being trafficked, so a lot of it occurs much closer to us than we might realize.


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Posted by Palo Altan
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

"The next time you see a Latino selling strawberries on the corner, you are looking at human trafficking and exploitation. When you stop to buy, you are a contributor to the human trafficking problem."

James, how exactly is buying strawberries from a guy on the street corner a contribution to human trafficking?


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Posted by Memories
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:11 pm

Palo Altan, you really don't know? Read this:

Web Link


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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 22, 2014 at 12:37 am

Nail salons and beauty salons should be investigated.


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Posted by James
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:51 am

"James, how exactly is buying strawberries from a guy on the street corner a contribution to human trafficking?"

The man or woman selling you those berries is an indentured servant, who owes her/his pimp/coyote. When you buy the berries, you are putting profits into the illegal human trafficking trade. Naivete is no excuse.


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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Mayfield
on Aug 22, 2014 at 11:27 pm

Another commission to fleece the taxpayers.


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Posted by Maria
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 23, 2014 at 12:01 am

Every time you purchase fruits from the folks standing on the streets your supporting human trafficking! They have to pay back the coyote (smuggler). Have you ever seen them with a permits? The cops could care less about this, why it's to much paperwork and red tape. They rather pull over people of color in hopes of finding drugs ( Tax Dollars at work).


HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Also INCLUDES THE Romanian women wHO USE children to solicitude cash. DON't fall victim to the cookie cutter human trafficking it's all over Santa Clara County.


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Posted by Someone told me.....
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Someone in an earlier thread maintained that there are four discreet Chinese brothels in Palo Alto!

And....what about the men who order mail order Eastern European, Russian, and Asian brides? There are quite a few such mail-order brides in Santa Clara County!


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