What is the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force?

The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (RCAHT) is a first responder and collaborative partnership of Law Enforcement, Non-Governmental Organizations, Faith-Based Organizations, and the community. Our goal is to protect and prevent further exploitation of victims of Human Trafficking.

Our mission is to:

• Protect – Ensures that dignity is established for Relief, Re-engagement, Restart for victims

• Prevent – Ensures creation of community advocates to Educate, Empower, Engage

• Prosecute – Ensures that justice is served to Identify, Investigate, Incarcerate

Visit our About  page for more details

 

What are the signs of Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking or “modern-day slavery” is a crime and a global phenomenon that involves obtaining or maintaining the labor or services of another person through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. These human right violations can occur in the forms of commercial sex (sex trafficking) and forced labor such as domestic servitude, factory or agricultural work.

Indicators of human trafficking may include but are not limited to:

• General Indicators- Victims are not free to leave, and are being forced to perform labor/services.

• Physical Indicators- Victims may have tattoos indicating someone else’s ownership. Injuries/scars from abuse or assault.

• Financial/Legal Indicators- Someone else has possession of the victim’s legal and/or travel documents. The victim is not receiving a fair wage for his/her work or owes money to his/her employer.

• Drop Houses – Bars on windows, barbed wire surrounding facility, doors that lock from the outside, workers transported in groups and/or living together or with the employer, guard dogs.

• Sex Industry/Brothels- This could be a massage parlor, other place of business or a residence. There may be large amounts of cash and condoms on location. Men come and go frequently.

 

Is this really happening in Riverside County?

Yes, Riverside County is not isolated from the effects of human trafficking. For more information visit our Problem page to understand why Riverside County and the Inland Empire are not isolated from labor and sex trafficking.

 

Can someone Volunteer or Intern?

Yes. As a collaborative task force, RCAHT also depends on local communities for help.

For volunteer opportunities and requirements, please email us.

For more information visit our Ways To Engage page to find out how you can help!

 

Are there meetings and trainings?

Yes, RCAHT has two Protect and Prevent meetings one in each area of the county. These meetings are open to the public and usually held monthly. Check our Events Calendar to find out when it’s happening in your area.

 

What’s the difference between human smuggling and human trafficking?

The key distinction between trafficking and smuggling lies in the individual’s freedom of choice. A person may choose and arrange to be smuggled into a country, but when a person is forced into a situation of exploitation where their freedom is taken away, they are then a victim of human trafficking.

• Human Smuggling is a crime against a border.

• Human Trafficking is a crime against a person.

• Human Smuggling involves the evasion of immigration laws.

• Human Trafficking involves the violation of human rights.

My church or club wants to be involved with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking task force. Where do we start?

RCAHT partners with many faith and community based groups. You can begin to be involved in several ways:

• Come to an event or meeting

• Request a community awareness speaker

• Request volunteer information

• Visit our Ways To Engage page

 

What if I think I see someone who may be a victim of trafficking?

• Call the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Tip Line: 1-855.758.3733

• Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888. The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Polaris Project.

• This national toll free hotline can help you determine whether you may have a case of human trafficking, identify local resources to assist victims, as well as request training and technical assistance, general information or specific anti-trafficking resources.

• Dispatchers are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week- in many languages.

• NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration entity. However, information can be forwarded to law enforcement upon the caller’s request.

• If reporting a potential trafficking tip, please specify the location of the activity, including city and county.

 

What are the elements of a good tip?

  • The most accurate way to help us identify whether or not you have observed a case of human trafficking is to be as descriptive as possible when giving your tip.
  • Try to answer these questions:
    • Who do you suspect is being trafficked?
    • What was the person doing?
    • Where was/is the person?
    • Why do you think they are a victim of human trafficking?
    • How much of a description can you give of the potential victim?

(Please see Signs of Human Trafficking)

How do I request a speaker?

To request a speaker, please contact the task force to specify the following:

• Name of your organization

• Purpose of the event

• Times and date of the event

• Number of people will be attending the event

• Location of event

 

I am a service provider, and I think one of my clients is a human trafficking victim. What do I do?

If you suspect you have a case of human trafficking, follow your agency protocol or speak to your supervisor regarding mandated reporting. If it is an emergency, please call 9-1-1. If it is not an emergency then please call 888.3737.888 and you will be assisted by a dispatcher, 24 hours a day, in any language needed. Your call will be referred to the task force and action will be taken.

 

How can I order Human Trafficking Awareness resources?

• FREE Look Beneath the Surface materials such as posters, brochures, stickers and much more in many languages from Health and Human Services go to: archive.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking/about/form.htm

• Rescue & Restore Video Available Online

The Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division’s Look Beneath the Surface video is now available on YouTube in both English and Spanish. The video contains revised HHS footage and provides information on human trafficking and on how to identify and assist victims. We encourage you to show it during conferences, workshops, and training sessions to shed light on the horrors of human trafficking and to enlist other groups and individuals in anti-trafficking efforts. The video can be accessed via the following links:

English (13:20): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqyzW84I3Dc

Spanish (15:07): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzfwOM_9np8