Human trafficking denies many County residents basic human dignities and strains the County's safety net by increasing the need for law enforcement to combat the issue. Human trafficking is a growing problem in Santa Clara County and includes slavery, forced labor, debt bondage, and commercial exploitation. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, most calls come from California, and the Bay Area is said to be a top destination point for trafficking victims. In August 2015, The Office of Women's Policy published the 2015 Human Trafficking Data Report for Santa Clara County with the cooperation of local victim service and law enforcement agencies.
Additionally, the Office of Women's Policy has sponsored and participated in a number of free human trafficking trainings to build capacity among service providers and heighten awareness among the general public. Below are links to various training materials offered.