Contra Costa County residents can now call a Human Trafficking Hotline to report incidents.
Those with any information regarding acts or suspicions of forced or coerced commercial sex and labor are encouraged to call (925) 957-8658. The new hotline was set up by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office.
The hotline will be monitored by a senior inspector in the DA’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit , who based on the reports will coordinate a response from law enforcement and advocacy partners. The aim will be to hold offenders accountable and to connect victims to support services, the DA’s office said.
“The Hotline is one more tool in our fight to keep our community safe from exploitation,” said DA Diana Becton.
The new hotline is the result of a federal grant last October that formed a Human Trafficking Taskforce to enhance collaboration between state, federal and local law enforcement and service providers for both victims of labor and sex trafficking, according to the DA’s office.
CORRECTION: The hotline number in the original story was incorrect by a digit. This story has been updated to reflect the correct hotline number.