Bring Back Word on the Street to Oakland Tech

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By: Trinity Davis & Amy Wong

Sex Trafficking is a form of global modern-day slavery, it occurs when someone uses force, fraud, or coercion causing a commercial sex act with an adult. This is a problem because young girls and women are forced into a life where they´re treated as sexual objects. Research shows our city, Oakland, is a large hotspot for sex trafficking. In a 2017 article, What is Sex Trafficking?, Shared Hope organization describes how traffickers usually use “violence, threats, false promises, and other forms of coercion” to compel adults and children to engage in commercial sex acts against their will. Trafficking mostly affects victims between the ages of 12 and 16, middle through high school. Shared Hope highlights that traffickers use fear and threats to young girls to offer for sale. Many victims become romantically involved with a trafficker with promises of love, protection, a home, and opportunities, then forces or manipulates them into prostitution. Others are found through social media, home neighborhoods, clubs, bars, internet, and school. This suggests that Oakland Tech students are at risk of sex trafficking.

The purpose of this petition is to bring Word on the Street, a sex trafficking training program conducted by MISSSEY, a non-profit organization to Tech. We propose that the program works with our school to offer workshops are students who want more knowledge about the topic or who are recommended by teachers. We encourage teachers and students to join us in Word on the Street to be aware of sex trafficking.

The effects of sex trafficking victims can linger with them for the rest of their life, causing many health issues. In a 2016 article, by End Slavery Now notes the devastating consequences of a trafficked individual may suffer from long-lasting physical and psychological trauma, STD diseases, drug addiction, malnutrition, and social ostracism. This paraphrase reveals the after effects of being trafficked can influence one’s mental health and behavior vastly. Research shows, our city is a large hotspot for sex trafficking. In our interview conducted on May 9th 2018, Amy Rand’s said the “deep causes of sex trafficking are caused by serious demand, the nearby ports, and people of high poverty rates”, she reveals that sex trafficking occurs because of low money income and the easy transportation ports. Our convenient transportation of ships makes it beneficial for traffickers because it’s a simple and quick getaway ticket. Please sign our petition to help Bring back Word on the Street to Oakland Tech, to provide knowledge to teachers and students about sex trafficking.