More than 100,000 children are trafficked into prostitution nationwide each year. Oakland is known as a hub for the underage sex trade, but it’s also home to model social service and criminal justice programs working on the issue.
We discuss the scope of underage sex trafficking with those working to stop it in Oakland, and with a Youth Radio reporter who has just concluded a six-month investigation of teen prostitution.
Denise Tejada, reporter for Youth Radio behind a two-part series on underage sex trafficking, part one of which aired on NPR's "All Things Considered" this week
Sharmin Bock, assistant district attorney in charge of special operations and policy development and head of the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Watch Unit at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Nola Brantley, executive director and co-founder of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)
Holly Joshi, former member of the Human Trafficking Task Force and current public information officer for the Oakland Police Department