Elk Grove Stands Against Human Trafficking

Press Release

Press Release - Elk Grove Stands Against Human Trafficking

Posted: 01/11/2016

Human Trafficking
“Not in My City” says Mayor Davis, Council and City Officials

Elk Grove, CA – Mayor Gary Davis and city council members joined law enforcement, non-profit and faith-based organizations today to denounce human trafficking in the region and throughout the world on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.

Joined by Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner, and representatives from Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit serving the victims of human sex trafficking, the Mayor emphasized zero tolerance for one of the fastest growing crimes in the country.

“Today, my fellow councilmembers and I join voices around the globe with a message for those who deal in human trafficking -- we will not tolerate your business in our city,” said Mayor Davis.

The U.S. State Department estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year.  80% of these are female and half are children. California joins New York, Texas and Nevada as the top destinations for trafficked victims. The Sacramento region falls within a triangle trafficking route that includes Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

“We resolve to remain informed about the problem and to continue to work with our Police Department and the region to protect and serve human trafficking victims and encourage the harshest penalties possible for those who engage in human trafficking.”

The Council presented Courage Worldwide with a City proclamation recognizing January 11 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Elk Grove.

For more information about statewide efforts to stop human trafficking, please contact Courage Worldwide at 916-517-1616 or notinmycity@courageworldwide.org.

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Copy of Proclamation Content

PROCLAMATION

 

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day ~ January 11, 2016

 

WHEREAS,   the issue of human trafficking is the fastest growing crime both globally and nationally - a crime against human dignity and basic civil rights.  Every person has value and rights that our society and laws must uphold and protect where each and every citizen feels safe in the community that they live; and

 

WHEREAS,   human trafficking - whether labor trafficking or sex trafficking - is modern day slavery, it is not only happening overseas, but in our own backyards.  It is happening to men, to women, and to our children; and

 

WHEREAS,   the Not in My City, Not in My State Campaign is strategic in taking back the reputation of communities and making a stand against all forms of human trafficking - pledging to effectively work together to end this crime of human trafficking that targets our most vulnerable populations.

 

WHEREAS,   the City of Elk Grove resolves to remain informed about the problem in its local context, work to protect victims of human trafficking with effective services and support, prosecute traffickers through consistent enforcement to the full extent of the law, prevent human rights abuses by furthering public awareness, and confronting the causes and violations of modern slavery

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Elk Grove hereby proclaims January 11, 2016 as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and declares “Not in My City - we will not tolerate anyone in our City being exploited and/or sold in any manner under our watch.”

 

 

SIGNED this 11th day of January, 2016

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