The Problem

The problems of sex trafficking are both disturbing and relevant and we have laid out some of the main issues here.


Sexual exploitation of domestic minors is rampant

Trafficking victims report they typically are given a quota by their trafficker/pimp of 10 to 15 buyers per night. Conservatively, a domestic minor sex trafficking victim is likely to be raped by 6,000 buyers during the course of her victimization through prostitution.


It’s in our backyard

California is a hot spot for domestic human trafficking because of its large population, international borders, large economy, extensive ports, and metropolitan regions.


The scope of the problem is huge, and growing

Gangs and other criminal enterprises have learned that the sex trade and prostitution provide higher profits—an estimated $32 billion per year worldwide—with a lower penal and detection risk than drug or weapons trafficking.


Existing efforts are not enough

Experts estimate that less than one percent of victims in Los Angeles have been identified. Only 8.5 offenders are convicted for every 100 victims identified.

Our Response

CARE 18 is a multi-sector collaborative committed to mobilizing faith and community advocates to support the efforts of service providers, government and law enforcement agencies fighting local human trafficking.


Communication – Los Angeles Area Awareness Campaign

Local communication campaign geared towards public awareness of the problem. Including the Speakers Bureau, which trains and develops speakers to talk about this issue to parents, teens, the business community, the faith community and more.


Advocacy – Collaborative Vertical Prosecution

According to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, “A vertical prosecution model run outside routine vice operations can help law enforcement better protect victims and improve prosecutions.” This is happening in Los Angeles with the LAPD Human Trafficking Unit and the FBI Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Team. We support the efforts of the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force in their advocacy work.


Recovery – Career Academy & Outreach Center

Provide job and life skills training as well as internships and career opportunities for survivors by partnering with the Qualified Academy. Bring healing and restoration to survivors in Pomona by develop an Outreach Center.


Engagement – Business, Faith and Grass-Root Communities

Ongoing convening and engagement of volunteer groups to provide wrap-around services in support of CARE 18 projects.

Find out more about FIAT (Faith Initiative to Abolish Trafficking) and MSAT (Men Standing Against Trafficking).


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Does human trafficking really happen here in the States? It does and in fact this is what is said about California:

"As a diverse cultural center and popular destination for immigrants with multiple international borders, California is one of the largest sites of human trafficking in the United States," said the California Attorney General's office in a report on human trafficking.

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Upcoming events

February 11, 2017

FIAT – Feb 11, 2017

Los Angeles has one of the highest rates of human trafficking of any city in the US. Churches across LA are coming together to do something about it. ...

Starts at: 9AM Place: 9550 Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood, CA
December 7, 2016

CARE18 LA – December 7, 2016

Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal enterprise is Southern California. The CARE18 project employs an 18-month collab...

Starts at: 11:30am
January 19, 2017

Men Standing Against Trafficking – January 18, 2016

Human Trafficking is happening here in our own backyards.  As the men of Southern California, we're not willing to let it continue.  Stand up for th...

Starts at: 8:30pm Place: Various Locations
February 18, 2016

Speakers Bureau

Many feel called to raise awareness and speak.  The speaker’s bureau is designed for both existing speakers to come share with each other what is w...

Starts at: 9am Place: 601 N Garey, Pomona, CA

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