As California continues to be the state that is most affected by human trafficking, state officials are planning to invest $4 million into the state, to further research the problem. The state is funding $1.4 million to Sacramento to further investigate human trafficking in our city.
My Sister’s House, an agency with a mission to abolish domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Sacramento, has a great understanding of the magnitude that this global issue has on communities.
“We began our focus and outreaching to the API(Asian and Pacific Islander) community and then slowly started providing different services accordingly to those victims. We help anyone regardless or race or ethnicity, just being socially responsive is really what we strive for” says Jasmeen Kairam, the communications and Volunteer Coordinator and human Trafficking Specialist at My Sister’s House.
During the organization’s fiscal year of 2017-2018, 5,275 nights of shelter, utilities, food, and case management services to 117 Asian Pacific Islanders were provided by My Sister’s House. Not to mention, My Sister’s House has served over 80 human trafficking victims in the past two years.
As of right now, California officials say that we do not have accurate data on human trafficking, which is what led Sacramento Vice Mayor Eric Guerra to hold 1.5 of that 4 million for Sacramento County. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, 1,656 human trafficking cases were reported last year; 1,113 of those victims were women.