Many Bay Area agencies have made fighting sex trafficking a top priority in recent years. But the Oakland Police Department’s sexual misconduct scandal involving several officers and an underage sex worker has raised concerns over law enforcement’s ability to effectively enforce trafficking. In the wake of this scandal at the Oakland Police Department, we’ll take a look at the state of sex trafficking in the Bay Area and talk with some local experts about the latest efforts to combat it.
- Police Abuse of Trafficking Victims Weakens Fragile Help System (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Oakland Police Chief Resigns Amid Sex Scandal (KQED News)
Nancy O'Malley, district attorney, Alameda County
Kate Walker Brown, attorney, National Center for Youth Law
Adela Rodart, assistant program director, Westcoast Children's Clinic
La Toya Gix, human trafficking survivor; advocate, Alameda County's District Attorney office