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These days, Estrada bravely shares her story with law enforcement and medical professionals as a victim’s advocate. Earlier this year, she spoke at the San Joaquin County Human Trafficking Task Force’s Second Annual Summit. She explained how an older male relative had been prostituting her at labor camps. “I think it’s important for health care providers not to be quick to judge,” Estrada, who is an administrative medical professional. “Educating people so that victims can get the services they need is so vital.” Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It’s a federal crime that occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his or her will. Any person under age 18 who performs a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking,

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regardless of whether force, fraud or coercion was present. California is one of the nation’s top four destination states for trafficking human beings, says state attorney general Xavier Becerra. In 2017 and 2018, the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office filled 39 cases involving human trafficking, pimping and pandering. And in 2017, an estimated 1 out of 7 endangered runaways reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children were likely child sex trafficking victims. Suzanne Schultz, program manager for the San Joaquin County Family Justice Center, said that when the human trafficking task force was first formed four years ago, she realized everyone had a lot to learn. “We had to get educated ourselves and look at victims through the correct lens,” she said of how it’s important to look at a person arrested for prostitution as a victim rather than a

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