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H.E.A.T. Watch – Stop Human Exploitation and Trafficking

Alameda County H.E.A.T. Watch Tip Line:
1-510-208-4959
Office of the District Attorney, Alameda County
Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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Introducing SafetyNet

Human trafficking is a problem globally, but it also affects us on the local level here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Over the last two decades, there has been an increasing awareness of the issue of human trafficking in our communities. A lack of systemically collected and analyzed data has led to slippery statistics published on this issue. These statistics most often lack methodology, yet continue to lead policy discussions. For these reasons, the Alameda County District Attorney's Office is committed to seeking scientific data and leading the way on research to help better understand and appropriately address this problem.

SafetyNet is an interagency meeting where partners share information about at-risk victims and victims of child sex trafficking. SafetyNet is also a database that maintains data on the youth discussed at SafetyNet. A new study conducted by the DA's Office used interviews with participating agencies to better understand the program.

SafetyNet Demographics

The Alameda County District Attorney's Office is committed to seeking scientific data and leading the way on research to help better understand and appropriately address human trafficking.

Though SafetyNet is an interagency meeting where partners share information about at-risk victims and victims of child sex trafficking, it is also a database that maintains data on the youth discussed at SafetyNet. Please see below for data collected between 2011-2016.

SafetyNet Statistics

According to SafetyNet:

  • 97% of trafficked children are girls
  • 2% are boys. More boys were identified in 2014 than in previous years:
    • 2011 - 1%
    • 2012 - 1%
    • 2013 - 1%
    • 2014 - 8%
  • 1% are transgender

Risk Factors:

  • Pregnant or parenting - 17%
  • Mental health challenges - 27%
  • Chronic absenteeism - 46%
  • Runaway history - 70%
  • Prior victimization - 77%
  • Drug use/history - 57%
  • Family criminal history - 26%
  • Identifies as LGBTQ - 4%

A recent study conducted by the DA's Office used interviews with participating agencies to better understand the program. SafetyNet's paper describing the study and its results, a Brief of the results, and the ACDAO's press release regarding the study are available in PDF format.

View the full paper

View the Brief

View the Press Release