OPD Sex Scandal Puts Spotlight on Bay Area Sex Trafficking

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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.

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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