There is a big open secret here on this campus and throughout the cities beyond. Something that impacts all of us. You might see glimpses of this crime in the neighborhood or in the local grocery store. They look like ordinary people; actual chains do not bind them, but they are nevertheless enslaved.
Human trafficking, in its many forms and variants, is alive and thriving throughout every community in Southern California, and the world at large. Indeed there are more people alive and enslaved today than ever in this planet’s history
On Tuesday, April 14, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., the Department of Political Science at California State University, Dominguez Hills will present an open forum exploring, learning and discussing the questions: What is human trafficking in the 21st century, and what can we do to help raise awareness and strive towards alleviating it once and for all?
Led by political science faculty members Brenda Riddick, Sovathana Sokhom and Maria Montero, a panel that will include an FBI agent, a representative from the Los Angeles Police Department, Jennifer Whyte, director of the CSUDH Women’s Center, and a student survivor of human trafficking will discuss current prevalence of exploitation of children and adults, and the multi-million dollar industry of contemporary slavery in the L.A. area.
The State of California Department of Justice cites human trafficking as the world’s fastest growing criminal enterprise. California, as a populous border state with a significant immigrant population and the world’s ninth largest economy, is one of the nation’s top four destinations for human trafficking.
The Loker Student Union is on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1000 E. Victoria St. in Carson. Parking in campus lots is $5 payable at kiosks located in each lot. Click here for the campus map.
For more information, call (310) 243-3435.