Our focus is on developing Traffick Free Cities (TFC)
Criminal organizations of the world have discovered that exploiting young girls is both low-risk and high profitabilty. The annual worldwide profits of human trafficking and pornography (another form of sexual exploitation) total over 700 billion dollars! Since the year 2000, the exploitation of the girl-child has grown to become the single most lucrative business in the world. The sexual exploitation of young women is happening in the city of Los Angeles all too often.
In April of 2017, WORLDTEAM officially launched the Traffick Free Cities (TFC) project. Our focus is on developing Traffick Free Cities in the Los Angeles Area. On a city-wide level, the future of the girl-child is the need that we are addressing through Traffick Free Cities. We know that a lower economic standard of many families results in increased vulnerability of children to trafficking and sexual exploitation of both girls and boys. Traffick Free Cities addresses the need for prevention - training parents and children about the dangers of sex trafficking. TFC meets the need of intervention - working with city officials to rescue trafficking victims. In addition, TFC focuses on the need for prosecution - working with our judicial system to bring pimps to justice.
"Over the years, we have visited massage parlors and other suspected brothels over 100 times. But we are always in uniform and have never been able to develop any cases. We welcome Traffick Free Cities to help us fight the sexual exploitation that we know is out there."
-Lieutenant, Azusa Police Department
Perhaps the greatest need that Traffick Free Cities will meet is in the area of restoration. Our SoCal Restoration Coalition will make available to TFC our network of counselors, social workers, restoration homes and faith-based individuals and organizations. Our staff has already counseled and aided a significant number of exploited young women. By focusing our efforts on Traffick Free Cities, our restoration network will "ensure more trafficking victims have timely access to services." Our ultimate goal is to collaborate with other cities and multiply the model we are creating.