On Tuesday February 18, 2014, Skyline College Student Health Center hosted a workshop on human trafficking, presented by the human trafficking task force of San Jose, California. The taskforce included a panel of three; Sargent Kyle Oki, community advocate Perla Glores and attorney Lynnete Parker. The event was well attended with over 70 participants. According to the task force; trafficking in persons is a modern day form of slavery. The United States Department of Justice estimates 18,000 to 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. Men, women, and children can fall victim to human trafficking. They are forced to work in the sex industry or in labor situations such as domestic servitude, manufacturing, construction or migrant agricultural work. Victims are found throughout the United States and more specifically in Santa Clara County. If you suspect a person is a victim of human trafficking, contact the SJPD Human Trafficking Task Force national hot-line at 1-888-373-7888, email: StopSlavery@sanjoseca.gov
or website: http://www.sjpd.org/BOI/Sexual_Assaults/stopHT/
For more information, visit the Skyline College Student Health Center, in Building 2, Room 2209.
Article by Terri Sofarelli, PA-C