H.E.A.T. Watch challenges businesses and communities to take action to keep everyone safe from exploitation.
Critical building blocks to combat labor and sex trafficking include:
Community members become essential and invaluable partners when they learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to report it. Law enforcement can only be in so many places at one time, and the issue of human trafficking is too big for any one agency to tackle alone.
Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley says, “We are educating and engaging everyone to keep their eyes and ears open and tell us what they see on the street every day – in essence they are our Neighborhood Watch for human trafficking.”
“Sadly, many victims of human trafficking are children. It’s important to recognize that these children are all of our children, and they can be rescued when someone pays attention and takes action.”
Call the H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line at (510) 208-4959, or email us at HEATWatch-DA@acgov.org
Requests for anonymity will be honored.
For more information, download the H.E.A.T. Watch brochure.