Wed, Dec 8, 2010 -- 9:00 AM
Underage Sex TraffickingDownload audio (MP3)
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.
Host: Scott Shafer
- 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
- Holly Joshi, former member of the Human Trafficking Task Force and current public information officer for the Oakland Police Department
- Nola Brantley, executive director and co-founder of Motivating, Inspiring, Supporting, and Serving Sexually Exploited Youth (MISSSEY)
- 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
- "Trafficked: A Youth Radio Investigation" : Slideshow and much more, at YouthRadio.org
- "Trafficked Teen Girls Describe Life In 'The Game'" : Part 1 of Youth Radio's two-part series, at NPR.org
- "Arresting Youth In Sex Trafficking Raises Debate" : Part 2 of Youth Radio's two-part series, at NPR.org
- About MISSSEY : at MISSSEY.org
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.