It’s “Human Trafficking Awareness Month” in San Francisco

A health department inspector pays a surprise visit to a massage parlor in San Francisco

What was described as modern-day slavery was the subject of a forum this morning at City Hall to kick off the city’s first-ever Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Mayor Gavin Newsom, District Attorney Kamala Harris, Police Chief George Gascón, State. Sen. Leland Yee and Supervisor Carmen Chu discussed the importance of tackling sex trafficking, which exists in big cities all over the country, but especially so in San Francisco because it serves as a gateway from Asia. The State Department estimates that 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year.

Newsom said that under his tenure, 36 illegal massage parlors have been shut down but that there’s still a long way to go. To that end, the city has formed the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking, a partnership between city agencies and local nonprofits to raise public awareness about the issue, develop policies to combat it and help survivors.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month continues through Feb. 12 with several events described here. The collaborative has also published a directory of services available to survivors of trafficking. Check it out here.



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