TRACY THOMPSON- ASST ATTORNEY GENERAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING

TRACY GAVE A VERY ENLIGHTENING PRESENTATION ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NJ.  SHE IS THE CHAIRPERSON FOR THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE.  "TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS IS MODERN DAY SLAVERY"  THIS IS WHERE MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN ARE EXPLOITED FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMMERCIAL SEXUAL ACTIVITY OR FORCED LABOR.  IF YOU ARE A BUSINESS AND USE A SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPLIER THAT DEALS IN FORCED LABOR, YOU CAN BE HELD LIABLE.  HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A FIRST DEGREE CRIME PUNISHABLE BY TEN YEARS TO LIFE DEPENDING ON THE AGE OF THE TRAFFICKED PERSONS.  MONMOUTH COUNTY IS A PRIME AREA SINCE THERE IS SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS IN THE LEISURE, HOSPITALITY, AND RETAIL TRADE.  NJ IS A HUB FOR TRAFFICKING DUE TO ITS LOCATION AND IT USE OF MIGRANT FARM LABOR.  VULNERABLE GROUPS INCLUDE UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS,  PEOPLE IN DEBT, TRANSGENDERS, RUNAWAYS AND HOMELESS YOUTHS, DISPLACED PEOPLE AND ABUSED PEOPLE.