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or call NATIONAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING HOTLINE: 888.3737.888

"What haunts me is that the prevalence of human trafficking...  means that I have almost definitely seen one of these individuals in my daily life. I’ve sat next to them on the bus, or ordered coffee right behind them. Were their eyes begging for my help, and I simply overlooked, did not notice?"

i-5 ADVOCACY

NEWS | LEGISLATION |  MEDIA

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NEWS

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DANA POINT TIMES

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

"The San Clemente-based nonprofit i-5 Freedom Network, which has worked to raise awareness to the issue of human trafficking while also supporting survivors, was instrumental in bringing about the ordinance."

-On Massage Business Ordinance Targeting Elicit Activity

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SD VOYAGER

AUGUST 31, 2020

"We quickly adapted our survivor and community awareness programs to go online which has been a great unexpected advantage. It has allowed participants from Ohio to Venezuela to join in, as well as resolved childcare and transportation issues. We also adapted our hotel training to video and created consultative tool for hospitality, now 100% complimentary to the industry."

-Brenda Wells, on Impact of Corona Pandemic

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THE RENEWAL PROJECT

SEP 16, 2019

"As the fastest growing illicit crime on the globe, we cannot keep up. Small organizations like the i-5 Freedom Network will continue to fight to make a difference and fight for our voice to be heard. Human trafficking remains a low-risk, high-reward crime and our resources cannot compete with this billion-dollar industry. So we will keep doing what we do, because giving up is not an option."

-Brenda Wells

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LEGISLATION

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SB 970
Mandated Training
for Hotel Associates

State of California Department of Justice Office of the Attorney General - SB 970 requires staff associate training on how to identify human trafficking in the hospitality industry

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HT Training Available to Help Hotels Meet
New State Mandate

Eight states have passed laws requiring human trafficking awareness training for lodging establishments. Florida joins California, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey, Iowa, North Dakota and Illinois in mandating employee training.

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2020
Trafficking in Persons
(TIP) Report

"The introduction this year will provide a look back at the evolution of the TIP Report. It is a celebration of 20 years documenting progress in combating human trafficking and, as always, a candid reminder of the work yet to be done."

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MEDIA

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LESSONS LEARNED

"HUMAN TRAFFICKING: IT'S EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS”

with BRENDA WELLS

"Human Trafficking: Its Everybody’s Business" with Brenda Wells. Founder and Director of i-5 Freedom Network, --A Corporate Response to End Human Trafficking. Americans are the best at finding where the dollars are and we do so especially well with an entrepreneurial spirit. It is this condition that has allowed human trafficking, both labor and sexual exploitation, to take hold in the US. And when we talk about human trafficking now, we are talking about US girls and boys, women and men, being exploited and trafficked by US men and women. California is consistently the state with the highest reported cases of human trafficking; OC is a top sex tourism destination in the country. Gangs are switching their commodities from drugs to humans. Employment agencies are luring the unsuspecting into jobs with no pay and abusive conditions. How can your business help put an end their business?

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Join us in our effort to equip communities and survivors with the tools to disrupt human trafficking through training, education and advocacy.

No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. Take action today!