Crosscurrents

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Crosscurrents is the daily news magazine from KALW Public Radio. We are part of KALW's Public Interest Reporting Project, which began in 2003 with the goal of expanding local in-depth reporting – at a time when most news organizations were cutting back on public interest journalism.

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3:52pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Cops & Courts

Trafficked, Part II: Oakland parents organize to protect girls from sex trade

Photo by Denise Tejada for Youth Radio

In East Oakland, the street economy ranges from selling CDs out of your car to braiding hair at bus stops. But the underground marketplace can be a slippery slope to illegal activity, like selling guns, drugs, and sex.

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1:52pm

Thu December 29, 2011
Cops & Courts

Trafficked, Part I: Youth Radio's special investigation of child sex trafficking in Oakland

Photo courtesy of Youth Radio

Child prostitution goes on in America every day and every night ­– despite the efforts of federal, state and local authorities. For more than a year now, Youth Radio has been investigating child sex trafficking in Oakland. It's a system of exploitation that's ensnaring girls across America.

The FBI estimates 100,000 to 300,000 children and youth per year are forced into prostitution. But missing from these types of reports are perspectives from the girls themselves, who are caught up in what's known as "the game.”

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10:52am

Thu December 29, 2011
Cops & Courts

Sex slavery: A global nightmare in your own backyard

mage by Tristan Greer for the Not For Sale campaign. http://www.tristangreer.deviantart.com
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An estimated 30 million people or more live as slaves today – working against their will for someone else. And every year, some 17,500 are trafficked into the United States. Many of these people don’t have allies, but here in the Bay Area, there’s one non-profit that’s standing with them.

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1:52pm

Wed December 28, 2011
Education

Student Commentaries: Fighting for an education

Under CC license from Josh Mazgelis. http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshmaz/2538190190/

This October, Governor Jerry Brown attracted national attention when he signed the California DREAM

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10:52am

Wed December 28, 2011
Education

Saving the UC – but at what cost to students?

Under CC License from Keoki Seu. http://www.flickr.com/photos/keokiseu/5496463278/

In the University of California system, officials are considering raising fees as much as 16% a year through

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