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24-Hour Helplines

Domestic Violence: (209) 465-4878
Sexual Assault: (209) 465-4997
Youth/Human Trafficking: (209) 948-1911


Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. 

Sex traffickers use violence, threats, lies, debt bondage, and other forms of coercion to force women, men and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Under federal law, any minor under the age of 18 years induced into commercial sex is a victim of sex trafficking.

Victims are manipulated, deceived and violated by their traffickers, trapping them in horrific situations every day in our communities. All trafficking victims share one essential experience - the loss of freedom.

Know how to help

If you suspect someone is a victim of human trafficking, please call the:

National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

Call to report a tip or request training, technical assistance, general information or resources to combat trafficking.

To report a tip locally, call our confidential 24-Hour Human Trafficking Helpline: (209) 948-1911.

Consider the following when helping someone who may be a victim:

  • Some victims have a strong sense of distrust.
  • Many victims do not see themselves as victims and do not realize what is being done to them is wrong.
  • Victims often bond with their abuser in spite of experiencing physical or sexual violence.

The sex trafficking industry is incredibly dangerous. Use caution when reaching out to victims and enlist the help of law enforcement and experienced social service organizations before intervening.