Casino trains workers to spot signs of sex trafficking

Casino trains workers to spot signs of sex trafficking


FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THE
GROWING PROBLEM OF SEX
TRAFFICKING AT A CASINO.
IN AN EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION,
HOW ADVOCATES ARE COMBATING IT
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE
SACRAMENTO REGION.
VICTIMS
ADVOCATES CALL THIS A
BOLD STEP AGAINST SEX
TRAFFICKING.
GETTING THE BUY-IN AT CASINOS
WERE VICTIMS SAY IT TAKES PLACE.
UNDERNEATH THE THRILL OF THE
SLOT MACHINE AND THE LUER OF THE
NEXT HAND IS A DARKER SIDE OF
THE CASINO WORLD AND WILLIAMSON
KNOWS IT WELL.
WHEN I WAS SOLD ON MY
BIRTHDAY, IT WAS ORDINARY AND
EXPECTED AND I WAS TOLD THAT IS
WHAT I WAS MADE FOR AND THAT’S
WHAT I WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOING.
SOLD INTO SEXUAL SLAVERY AS A
CHILD SHE HAS BEEN FORCED TO GO
ALL OVER THE WORLD.
IT MADE IT MORE CONFUSING
THAT YOU COULD HAVE A COP OR AN
ATTORNEY, A DENTIST, A DOCTOR, A
LAWYER, A CONGRESSMAN.
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO FIGHT FOR
YOURSELF.
NOW LIZ AND HER MOTHER ARE AT
THUNDER VALLEY CASINO.
IN THE FIRST TRADING OF ITS KIND
IN THE SACRAMENTO REGION.
THE LOGISTICS OF BEING
TRAFFICKED, WHERE DOES IT
HAPPEN.
HOTELS AND CASINOS ARE SUCH AN
OBVIOUS PLACE.
AN OBVIOUS PLACE WHERE THE
SIGNS ARE IGNORED, LIKE A YOUNG
GIRL IN A CASINO NOT MAKING EYE
CONTACT OR HER BEING WITH AN
OLDER MAN SHE CLAIMS IS A
RELATIVE.
OTHER CLUES INCLUDE MULTIPLE
REQUESTS FOR BEDROOM SHEETS TO
BE CHANGED.
YOU HAD FOUR MEN IN THE LAST
WEEK WHO HAVE BEEN POSTING
PICTURES OF THEIR BODY PARTS AND
ASKING FOR SOMEONE TO SPEND TIME
WITH THEM.
THUNDER VALLEY EXPECTS ITS
MANAGERS TO TRAIN STAFF MEMBERS
AT THE CASINO.
WE WANT AUTHORITIES TO SPOT
NOT ONLY THE VICTIMS BUT THE
PERPETRATORS.
THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO
AND HOPEFULLY WITH THAT TRAINING
THEY WILL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY
ANYBODY AS WELL.

IN 2013 ALONE, THERE ARE
32
VICTIMS, TWO CONVICTIONS AND 34
OPEN CASES.

THEY OFTEN TAKE YEARS TO
RESOLVE AND NOT INCLUDED IN THE
DATA ARE MANY CASES PROSECUTORS
BY THE STATE.
IT APPEARS THE PROBLEM OF SEX
TRAFFICKING HAS BECOME MORE
SEVERE BUT THE FBI TELLS US THAT
PERCEPTION STEMS FROM AWARENESS
AND ENFORCEMENT.
WE GET HELP
THROUGH THE
COMMUNITY THROUGH TIPS WE
RECEIVE THROUGH OUR LAW
ENFORCEMENT PARTNERS.
THE MAJORITY OF THE VICTIMS IN
SACRAMENTO ARE FROM SACRAMENTO.
NOW VICTIMS ADVOCATES ARE
HELPING — HOPING TO INFLUENCE
MORE CASINOS.
MY STORY COULD’VE STOPPED AT
13 WHEN I WAS BROUGHT TO ONE OF
THE CASINOS TO FILM CHILD
PORNOGRAPHY.
IT IS HER HOPE THAT IT WILL
CHANGE THE LIFE OF AT LEAST ONE
LITTLE GIRL.
WE DO A WHOLE LOT MORE TO AND
IT BY TALKING ABOUT IT THAN
IGNORING IT.
THEY’RE WORKING WITH
THUNDER
VALLEY TO CREATE A TRAINING

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