San Francisco has some of the country’s highest reports of human trafficking. It’s one of the top 10 cities in the U.S where trafficking is the worst. The practice is often called modern-day slavery: traffickers use sexual exploitation, fraud, and forced labor to keep people powerless. It’s the second most profitable crime in the world, generating more than $32 billion a year -- just behind drug trafficking.
On today’s Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable. This week, we’ll have a conversation about coverage of the elections and the deepening political crisis in Egypt. We’ll also talk about coverage of widespread human trafficking in the United States. We’ll be joined by KGO Radio’s Scott Lettieri, Independent journalist, Beena Sarwar and freelance journalist Ahmad Shokr joins us from Cairo, Egypt. Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. Where did you see the best reporting this week? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you
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.
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.”