Your digital subscription allows you to view any content, comment on any issue and submit your own news to our newsroom. Digital subscriptions do not include home delivery of the Tracy Press. Efforts are underway to combat the growing problem of teenage girls in San Joaquin County being recruited into the seedy world of human trafficking for sex. Schultz is the chair of a county human trafficking task force workgroup that focuses on education and outreach.
According to Schultz, community awareness is the first step to battling trafficking. The task force that began about a year and a half ago is pushing to get the word out in communities, schools and local government. Later this month, task force members hope to host an informational meeting in Tracy for city employees and local property managers to help them identify human trafficking activity. There was a time when a lot of people coming and going at a rental house was assumed to mean illegal narcotics activity, but now officials say it could be sex trafficking.
Schultz said another is numerous young women staying at a house who are obviously not related.
We want to make sure city employees know what to look for, and we want to let property managers know. Schultz said there are basically four types of recruiting techniques used to trap teenage girls in the world of human trafficking — Romeo pimping, gorilla pimping, friend pimping and blackmail.
After a while, the man will ask the girl to perform a sex act with someone to help him financially, to pay his rent or get his car out of impound, she said. He will advertise on social media and tell her it will only be this once, or a couple of times. Gorilla pimping is the name for when a girl is kidnapped and held as a sex slave, which is a crime reportedly on the rise in Stanislaus County, she said.
In the process of friend pimping, another trafficking victim will be convinced to recruit more girls. Schultz said the women will circulate a mall to identify girls and try to befriend them, complimenting the girls on their beauty and style.
I love your nails — where do you get your nails done at? Eventually, the recruiter will tell the girl a friend of hers is having a party and there will be dancing and good-looking guys. If the girl takes the bait, the recruiter will exchange phone s, and the trap is set.
In cases of blackmail, a trafficker may threaten the victim with explicit pictures she sent him innocently while they were dating. Schultz said the process the victims go through to get them to comply is like being brainwashed into a cult. The girls are deprived of sleep and food and kept isolated. In one case Schultz related, a victim said she was tied down, and when she tried to sleep, her captors sprayed cold water on her. To keep the girls as their property, the trafficker will often tattoo them for ownership or to keep them from pocketing extra money by identifying the cost of various sexual acts with tattoos on certain body parts.
The law is now differentiating between underage and adult prostitutes. California Penal Code The law re that even if the girl participated willingly, that is not a defense for the trafficker.
As victims try to escape the clutches of their traffickers, often they must visit several agencies and the process proves too difficult. Many of the victims return to their captors.
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