We received a very special visit yesterday: Our community partners from Pledge to Stop Trafficking dropped off money from their recent event, Stop Traffic to Stop Trafficking.

At the January 11 event, representatives from organizations in Fresno and Madera took to the streets to raise awareness and funds that will provide direct service to local victims of sex trafficking.

Organizers of the event were proud to report that our community came together to donate nearly $2,500 in support of their efforts!

The Pledge to Stop Sex Trafficking is a coalition of seven local nonprofits that provide critical services and support to victims of sex trafficking. Money raised for the Pledge to Stop Trafficking Fund is distributed to those organizations that are working tirelessly to prevent sex trafficking as well as provide direct support to help victims heal.

 

Watch this short PSA for more information about sex trafficking in our community:

 

Every 30 seconds another person becomes a victim of human trafficking and one in three of those victims is a child. The average age a victim enters the world of human trafficking is 12-14 years old.

 

According to the Department of Homeland Security: Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Victims are often lured with false promises of well-paying jobs or are manipulated by people they trust, but instead are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor, or other types of forced labor.

Pledge to Stop Trafficking coalition members say that the Central Valley is a significant area for sex trade in California and that the victims of sex trafficking are generally society’s most vulnerable people. Fortunately, this coalition is working together to share information and resources as they aggressively tackle this problem.

 

By establishing the Pledge to Stop Trafficking Fund at the Central Valley Community Foundation, coalition members are building a sustainable source of funding to help them address this need in our community. Working in close partnership with local law enforcement, these nonprofits are providing help for victims and prosecution for offenders. They have made the Central Valley a model for the nation in successfully collaborating to end sex trafficking.

The Central Valley Community Foundation is a proud partner for the Pledge to Stop Trafficking.

To learn more, click here or donate to the fund here.

You can also visit coalition members’ individual pages below: