Four Santa Cruz massage businesses are under fire after the Santa Cruz Police Department Neighborhood Enforcement Team cited one woman at each location for prostitution during an undercover human trafficking and prostitution sting Jan. 29. Santa Cruz Sentinel
Spotlighting the Work of Monarch Services
From their website: What is Human Trafficking?
“Trafficking means recruiting, abducting, facilitating, transferring, harboring, or transporting a person, by threat or use of force, coercion, fraud or deception or by the purchase, sale, trade, transfer, or receipt of a person, for the purpose of subjecting that person to involuntary servitude, peonage, slavery, slave-like practices, sex trafficking, or forced or bonded labor services.”
If you are a victim of human trafficking, or know of a victim of human trafficking, there is help for you:
Monarch Services ~ Servicios Monarca 24 hour toll-free hotline: (888) 900-4232
· U.S. Department of Justice Trafficking Hotline: (888) 428-7581
· Local law enforcement: 911
Monarch Services offers immediate crisis response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through a 24-hour crisis line, including emergency response to law enforcement or medical facilities, and accompaniment to forensic rape examinations.
Support services include emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children, peer counseling, advocacy, information, referrals, drop-in support groups, and assistance with restraining order applications.
Click any of the links below for more information.