Sex trafficking

Sara Brooke Curtis

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 per year -- just behind drug trafficking.

Human trafficking is estimated to be in the millions--yet only a fraction of it is reported. We talk to Hediana Utarti of Asian Women's Shelter in San Francisco, which helps immigrants--including LGBT and human trafficking victims--to get out of abusive situations.

Human trafficking is the second most profitable criminal enterprise in the world. It's estimated to rake in $32 billion per year after drug trafficking. San Francisco is one of the nation’s trafficking centers.


Oakland activist and filmmaker Sheri Shuster has been advocating against the sex trafficking of youth for more than a decade. Her new film, 'Child Sex Trafficking: A Story About Love,' exposes and explores the world of girl trafficking in Oakland through the story and activism of trafficking survivor Leah Albright-Byrd. 

The FBI has identified the Bay Area as one of the biggest 'hot spots' for this crime across the country.  Outcry over the prevalence of child sex trafficking led to the successful passage of Prop 35 in 2012, which strengthens prosecution for criminals. Host Joseph Pace discusses the impact of Prop 35 with expert local guests. 

Today's Your Call: Friday Media Roundtable

Jun 21, 2012
Egypt Independent]

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


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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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.”