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Santa Clara County creates human-trafficking commission

Original post made on Apr 29, 2014

Addressing a growing need to combat local human labor and sex trafficking, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, April 29, to set up a human-trafficking commission.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 3:36 PM

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Posted by Sue
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 29, 2014 at 9:51 pm

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

> Addressing a growing need to combat local human labor and sex trafficking,

Oh .. and just how big a problem is this?

> The San Jose Police Department and the South Bay Coalition
> to End Human Trafficking have worked with 300 victims or
> potential victims since 2003, the majority of which
> were subjected to forced labor,

This comes to about 30 people per year.

> numbers are increasing ..

By how much? Certainly seems that this is another of those loosey-goosey issues that no one has any real handle on--but "government" is going to fix it for us.

It wasn't that long ago that the Santa Clara County Supervisors decided (in all their radiant glory) to disengage with the Secure Communities program, refusing to turn over criminals to ICE for deportation:

County should revise policy on immigration holds:
Web Link

Earlier this year, the California Legislature passed the Trust Act, which would deny federal immigration holds through Secure Communities except for serious or violent felons -- essentially, the policy Rosen advocates for Santa Clara County. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed it but said he was open to signing a modified version.

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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Wow, Joe -- first you attack Joe Simitian for taking action to make restaurants in this area safer, and now you attack efforts to deal with human trafficking in this area.

What, exactly, IS your issue?


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

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Posted by One Who Reads
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:36 pm

" The commission will help coordinate efforts surrounding the 2016 Super Bowl, which, along with other large events and conventions, often attracts traffickers, Chavez said."
[Portion removed.] Numerous studies have shown there is no correlation between human sex trafficking and major sporting events, including the Super Bowl. However politicians, like Chavez, continue to repeat this nonsense.
For the Supervisor to make such a claim as Santa Clara prepares to host a Super Bowl is just plain irresponsible.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2014 at 1:58 pm

> Joe -- first you attack Joe Simitian for taking action to
> make restaurants in this area safer, and now you attack efforts
> to deal with human trafficking in this area.

Simitian didn't do anything to make restaurants safer--all he did was add more paperwork to the business of running a restaurant. Forcing restaurant owners to post the results of a health inspection does not make the restaurant safer. This information was generally on-line, but it's a fair guess no one is going to look at the County's web-site before going to a restaurant.

Simitian got his name in the paper for doing nothing meaningful. On the other hand, he seems to have bamboozzlled you into thinking he actually had done something meaningful.

The issue of a Human Trafficing Commission is another joke--to make someone feel good, while achieving nothing. [Portion removed.]

So--in both cases--Santa Clara County Supervisors have managed to do nothing to make our communities safer [portion removed.]

That's my thing! Pointing out the the Council Government is pretty useless, when it comes to community safety.


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Posted by resident
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Joe: How do you know that the human traffickers are illegal inmigrants? your coment is nothing but clasist and racist. And I can asure you that you are wrong in your appreciation. Any human traficker has to be expelled from society, - either by sending them to jail forever, or deporting them if that is the case (to be jailed wherever they com from) - disregarding their place of origin, or status in society. Dont mix things. I support the effort


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Posted by Ldy of Justice
a resident of Escondido School
on Apr 30, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Why Now, Businesses have been running for quite a long time, is it because now they got their Money and now time to split.


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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Hey Joe, play nice. That is, if you can.


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