Posted by Dick Dannells on Sep 20, 2017
PROGRAM September 19, 2017: Dan Dow-District Attorney of San Luis Obispo County-“Human Trafficking
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Jeff King opened the meeting at 12:39 PM by welcoming Anya Stanley back after her recovery from surgery and he then proceeded with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Jeff congratulated Jim Lewis for his election to the President of the League of California Cities City Managers Department of California and fined Jim $50. He asked all members to stand and then asked all those who were wearing a Rotary pin to sit down. Jenny Dierck, Lee Ann Liscombe, and Linda Osty were left standing. Jeannie worked at the Highway cleanup and Lee Ann is willing to work at this Saturday’s Arroyo Grande Fall Festival pie eating contest. They could sit down. Linda Osty was still standing and she was fined $15, but Jack Hardy agreed to pay her fine.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bonnie Mogan reported that this month’s social be at the Sea Venture on Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 PM. Scott Astrosky requested that all committee chairs send him a report on what was good, bad and ugly based on their experience with this year’s Summer Sizzle. He indicated that we netted about $35,000, which was substantially the same as last year. Paul Holden thanked in addition to Jenny Dierck , Scott Astrosky and Frank Montesinos for their participation at the Highway cleanup. After being assured that the parklet was still in good shape, Anya Stanley stated that she will be back attending to the parklet in 2 weeks’ time. Steve Curry announced that Grover Beach 5 Cities Rotary Club’s fundraiser: Bands, Burgers & Brews will be held at ManRock Brewing Company on October 14 from 12 to 4 PM.  He continued that that same club will be holding its annual Halloween Trunk or Treat on October 27 to hand out candies and hotdogs. Steve was pleased to present the representatives from the Grover Beach Rotary Club a check for $1000 to be used as their donation to the 1st Tee for Kid’s charity. Finally, he asked us to put May 7, 2018 on our calendars for the next annual golf tournament at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Program: Dan Dow-District Attorney of San Luis Obispo County-“Human Trafficking
Jim Lewis introduced Dan who after his active Army service earned a Bachelor’s Degree at University of California Hayward and then his law degree Santa Clara University School of Law.  After serving as a deputy district attorney, he was elected D.A. for San Luis Obispo County in 2014. He started by stating that after mostly conquering the eradication of polio around the world, Rotary International’s next cause is combating human trafficking, i.e. the illegally transporting people typically for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation, and has set up a webpage entitled “RAGAS” (Rotary Action Group Against Slavery). They have determined that over 45 million people as young as 4 around the world are enslaved. The law enforcement agencies have changed their focus and now considering the young women involved in this enslavement are victims and to focus on the real lawbreakers, i.e. the pushers and people that hire the young women. All of the young women have been first victimized by a parent or guardian before they are recruited into such activity. He then reviewed some cases that he is handled that typically include gang members who find that human trafficking is more lucrative than dealing with drugs. They are always on the lookout for those they believe can be enticed into such activities. 2 gang members who had kidnapped and enslaved 2 runaways in San Luis Obispo County were arrested and convicted. Recently they were sentenced to double digit years in prison. He had to apologize to the members of the jury for having them sit through such sordid details in order to reach their guilty verdicts. He encouraged anyone would like to be involved to join a task force having a meeting on September 28 at 9 AM at the District Attorney’s Office in San Luis Obispo. He admitted that it’s hard to spot such activities on our own. If you do see unusual activity that strikes you as a girl in trouble do not hesitate to call a law enforcement agency on your observations
PROGRAM September 19, 2017: Dan Dow-District Attorney of San Luis Obispo County-“Human Trafficking
By Dick Dannells
Pres. Jeff King opened the meeting at 12:39 PM by welcoming Anya Stanley back after her recovery from surgery and he then proceeded with the usual introduction of guests.
FINES:
Pres. Jeff congratulated Jim Lewis for his election to the President of the League of California Cities City Managers Department of California and fined Jim $50. He asked all members to stand and then asked all those who were wearing a Rotary pin to sit down. Jenny Dierck, Lee Ann Liscombe, and Linda Osty were left standing. Jeannie worked at the Highway cleanup and Lee Ann is willing to work at this Saturday’s Arroyo Grande Fall Festival pie eating contest. They could sit down. Linda Osty was still standing and she was fined $15, but Jack Hardy agreed to pay her fine.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Bonnie Mogan reported that this month’s social be at the Sea Venture on Thursday, September 21 at 5:30 PM. Scott Astrosky requested that all committee chairs send him a report on what was good, bad and ugly based on their experience with this year’s Summer Sizzle. He indicated that we netted about $35,000, which was substantially the same as last year. Paul Holden thanked in addition to Jenny Dierck , Scott Astrosky and Frank Montesinos for their participation at the Highway cleanup. After being assured that the parklet was still in good shape, Anya Stanley stated that she will be back attending to the parklet in 2 weeks’ time. Steve Curry announced that Grover Beach 5 Cities Rotary Club’s fundraiser: Bands, Burgers & Brews will be held at ManRock Brewing Company on October 14 from 12 to 4 PM.  He continued that that same club will be holding its annual Halloween Trunk or Treat on October 27 to hand out candies and hotdogs. Steve was pleased to present the representatives from the Grover Beach Rotary Club a check for $1000 to be used as their donation to the 1st Tee for Kid’s charity. Finally, he asked us to put May 7, 2018 on our calendars for the next annual golf tournament at the San Luis Obispo Country Club.
Program: Dan Dow-District Attorney of San Luis Obispo County-“Human Trafficking
Jim Lewis introduced Dan who after his active Army service earned a Bachelor’s Degree at University of California Hayward and then his law degree Santa Clara University School of Law.  After serving as a deputy district attorney, he was elected D.A. for San Luis Obispo County in 2014. He started by stating that after mostly conquering the eradication of polio around the world, Rotary International’s next cause is combating human trafficking, i.e. the illegally transporting people typically for the purposes of forced labor or sexual exploitation, and has set up a webpage entitled “RAGAS” (Rotary Action Group Against Slavery). They have determined that over 45 million people as young as 4 around the world are enslaved. The law enforcement agencies have changed their focus and now considering the young women involved in this enslavement are victims and to focus on the real lawbreakers, i.e. the pushers and people that hire the young women. All of the young women have been first victimized by a parent or guardian before they are recruited into such activity. He then reviewed some cases that he is handled that typically include gang members who find that human trafficking is more lucrative than dealing with drugs. They are always on the lookout for those they believe can be enticed into such activities. 2 gang members who had kidnapped and enslaved 2 runaways in San Luis Obispo County were arrested and convicted. Recently they were sentenced to double digit years in prison. He had to apologize to the members of the jury for having them sit through such sordid details in order to reach their guilty verdicts. He encouraged anyone who would like to be involved to join a task force having a meeting on September 28 at 9 AM at the District Attorney’s Office in San Luis Obispo. He admitted that it’s hard to spot such activities on our own. If you do see unusual activity that strikes you as a girl in trouble do not hesitate to call a law enforcement agency on your observations