San Mateo County is seeking the public’s help next month to raise awareness of a new hotline number for victims of labor and commercial sex trafficking.
On May 10, volunteers led by the San Mateo County Manager’s Office will participate in a “Community Day of Action.” The group will work countywide distributing posters publicizing the hotline to certain bars, transit stations, farm labor contractors, urgent care centers and other establishments required by state law to post the number.
Similar efforts have already begun in Alameda, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Marin counties.
The county is looking for team leaders and volunteers to help organize their city and encourage others to get involved.
Human trafficking takes many forms, including controlling a person through force, fraud or coercion to exploit the victim for forced labor, sexual exploitation or both.
California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficked persons, and the Bay Area is a particular national hot spot for human trafficking. Most of the reporting calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline come from California.
Beginning this year, state law now requires certain businesses and other establishments to post the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline number: (888) 373-7888.
Those interested in helping on May 10 should contact volunteer coordinator Rose Mukhar at firstname.lastname@example.org or 363-4184.