Ryan Cantrell Speaks about Human Trafficking

Thursday 19 November 2015

9:20 AM and again at 2:00 PM

Baltic Room by the WVC Campus Center

Everyone is welcome!

Hayward, CA Police Department officer and author, Sgt. Ryan Cantrell, will speak about his experiences and training book, Modern Slavery: Investigating Human Trafficking (A Detective’s Guide). His book has a FB page.

Ryan Cantrell, Police Officer of the Year. (Photo from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce webpage.)

Ryan Cantrell, Police Officer of the Year. (Photo from the Hayward Chamber of Commerce webpage.)

In 2013, Officer Cantrell was awarded the distinction of “Officer of the Year” by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce. He has a degree in Criminal Justice from California State University East Bay and has worked in the vice unit, the patrol division, and as a high school resource officer. Since writing his book, Officer Cantrell has been conducting training seminars and guest lectures in order to help bring awareness to the indicators of human trafficking crimes.


This was an enlightening event: students from Administration of Justice, English, and other disciplines, as well as faculty and staff members, attended Sgt. Cantrell’s talk. His presentation was particularly relevant, because just two days prior the Santa Clara County District’s Attorney’s Office and the FBI served search warrants at a restaurant and hair salon located right near the college in Saratoga. Three people were arrested and held without bail on suspicion of human trafficking and wage theft, crimes that are common in the Bay Area. The six adult alleged victims were referred to the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, a non-profit organization.


Sgt. Cantrell addresses students at WVC. (Photo by DMG)

Sgt. Cantrell talked about some things included in his book, for instance, the definition of human trafficking, which “involves the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for the purposes of forced labor or services through means of force, fraud, or coercion” (8).


(Photo by DMG)

Sgt. Cantrell described some of the cases he has dealt with, some of the reasons why victims are ensnared, and some of the impacts on individual, social, and economic levels.

IMG_0010He explained that there are primarily two types of human trafficking: Sex Trafficking and Labor Trafficking. About 40% of sex trafficked victims are black; 26% are white (21). About 63% of labor trafficked victims are Hispanic (67% of those rescued being undocumented); about 17% are Asian (28).


(Photo by DMG)

Sgt. Cantrell writes: “Human trafficking is a horrific international problem with nearly a million victims trafficked across international borders annually” (72).


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