Human Trafficking

      Briceida Vega

What can Oakland do about human trafficking? Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 million people around the world. And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will. All trafficking victims share one essential experience: the loss of freedom, according to the information I pulled out in Polaris human trafficking definition. Therefore, Oakland should make any specific programs that has to do with human trafficking, to  help people learn, understand, and raise public awareness about human trafficking.


Oakland should do something about human trafficking because there’s been this issue in the city that people need help with. In the “Oakland County Website” they are helping people from trafficking by doing a website, an individual named Schuette that seems to know about human trafficking says, “Young woman are being forced against their will to engage in this shadowy crime, Having this website will give the public and victims have a quick, and immediate, opportunity to learn more or report a problem”(Schuette), This clarifies that Oakland is doing something about human trafficking and  knowing the signs of human trafficking is one of the most important aspect of the website. Often times, human trafficking operations are kept secret and are very new, moving from other parts to another quickly. With this website woman can also be less obligated for what they let them do and instead can get help. Another piece of evidence I have from another article is “Oakland County Michigan” explains what Oakland is doing for human trafficking is and what any particular tool their using, it explained, “The Oakland County Human Trafficking Task Force is developing a plan that addresses the issue of human trafficking countywide. Our partners will guide and implement these activities by engaging public and private stakeholders. The goal is to educate, create public awareness, conduct outreach to the community, and work with victims of human trafficking. To achieve this goal, we will collect and analyze information on human trafficking, host community events to prevent trafficking, and identify sources of funding to initiatives that combat trafficking in the county” (Oakland County Michigan). This is showing that the city can help people from traffickers because most of children also are being in risk of human trafficking so their making this stop. Oakland is helping this issue so people can get help and they can feel like they aren’t alone and that’s why they doing a website or even spreading awareness to the community and hoping these kinds of stuff can be impacted for the people being trafficked. Therefore, Oakland is doing something about human trafficking and that’s helping them be less obligated for being trafficked so thats why theres a website and a spread of awareness about this crime.  

What Oakland needs to do is create websites and provide more information to teach people. A source I found was the Westcoast Children Clinic talked about children being trafficked. With their help the clinic indicated, “Trafficked youth are typically not identified until years after their exploitation has begun. In order to protect youth from prolonged abuse and violence and get them help, exploitation must be recognized as early as possible. To make this possible, service providers and other professionals who work with youth need a validated screening tool to aid in accurately detecting exploitation”(WCC). This is saying that by helping children within being trafficked is to get other professionals that extremely know about human trafficking, can make a useful impact to the youths being in that position as well. Since the West Coast children clinic is located in Oakland it shows that Oakland is doing something about human trafficking and specialty for the youths and it also shows getting help by others.  Another source I got from the West Coast Children Clinic is that they talk about how there’s another way to work through this situation. The Westcoast developed the Commercial Sexual Exploitation – Identification Tool (CSE-IT) with the information of over 100 survivors and service providers, they added, “Since 2015 we have worked collaboratively with 77 agencies in 3 states to use the CSE-IT. As of June 2017, WestCoast has trained 4,000 service providers to recognize the signs of exploitation. These providers screened 12,500 youth and identified 1,500 youth with clear indicators of exploitation”(WCC). This proves that the 12,500 kids that has been trafficked  has been given help by the clinic so that means Oakland is doing something about it. This gives a great opportunity for other youths that need help and can finally realize what they need and understand people from Oakland is trying to help.

A former executive director that supports the fight to human trafficking, Holly Alonso and believes children are at risk of being trafficked and believes she can spread awareness. In the source of “Spotlight: Oakland’s child sex trafficking epidemic” Tammerlin Drummond explained,  “We want to raise awareness because it’s easy to just not go to that stretch of International Boulevard, or say that’s happening down there and there’s nothing you can do about it,But you can get involved in organizations like MISSSEY that are helping victims and think about the girls in a different way to see them as children in need of help”(Drummond). This matters because it shows that a person in Oakland is doing something about human trafficking in this community and spreading awareness to others so that means they can collaborate and help too. This public protest can decrease the the rate of the crime in the city because its spreading the information and by doing that it can prevent people by helping and also sharing and passing out information as well so they can help the youth.

Some people may argue that human trafficking wont stop and never will. I believe that human trafficking will become less and less at least. With the help of the people in oakland can decreases the rate of human trafficking in oakland and that will impact the people being in that situations. The Oakland county claimed that their doing a website and it will make a better place for people being trafficked or even people that know and just want to help so that’s also another reason that human trafficking is being settled is by spreading awareness.  

In conclusion Oakland should do something about human trafficking. They should make websites or hold groups together because of human trafficking. The website will help people learn, understand, and raise public awareness about human trafficking.


Annotated Bibliography


“City of Oakland California.” City of Oakland – Official City Website,


This source is about what the city is doing and what they accomplish during the years. They have many topics about what’s going on in Oakland and what they are doing. It also gives out news and different information as well about what’s happening.


“WestCoast Children’s Clinic.” WestCoast Children’s Clinic,


This source gives out information about what they do to help children. They give out information about the children and what they’ve been through so they help them in a way. People from the clinic have news and information about the children and help them out.  


Drummond, Tammerlin. “Spotlight: Oakland’s child sex trafficking epidemic.” East Bay Times, East Bay Times, 16 Jan. 2017,


This source gives out news about human trafficking and interviews people that has been in that situation. Different people explain what happened and what they’ve been through. It gives out what had happened around the bay and what the people have done.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Oakland’s Human trafficking by Briceida is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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    Briceida 1 year ago

    Thank you Cesario, I really appreciate that my post woke you up. And yes i really care about human trafficking it’s really important especially in this community because so much things in Oakland happen with people so this crime is one of them. Its hard to be seeing and knowing someone being trafficked. And the hard part is they do it for a reason you know? like they have personal problems so you cant imagen what’s going on with them.

  2. Cesario 1 year ago

    Dear Briceida,
    I am impressed by your post, ¨Oakland’s Human trafficking”because your post is very different from others. Also I never really thought about human trafficking and your post really woke me up to learn and read more about this.
    One sentence that really stand out to me is:¨The goal is to educate, create public awareness, conduct outreach to the community, and work with victims of human trafficking. To achieve this goal, we will collect and analyze information on human trafficking, host community events to prevent trafficking.¨ I think this is important because people should be taught that human trafficking is happening and people should wake up. Also they should learn like I did, this really made me feel like I am a bad because I never thought that human trafficking is a big problem.Another quote that I liked was:¨This is showing that the city can help people from traffickers because most of children also are being in risk of human trafficking so their making this stop.¨ This quote really made me believe that we can stop human trafficking. Also it made me patient about human trafficking. I do agree with you because human trafficking is big and should not happen, because I see a lot of women selling their bodys where I live and it makes me feel bad for then. Another reason I agree is because people don’t like being sold and raped.Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what else you have to write, because you make people and me realize there’s problems in the world that isn’t talked about. Also I can tell you really worry about human trafficking.

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