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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Oakland Doctor Shares Teen Stories of Suffering & Resiliency Amidst Violence

by Ryan White Oakland pediatrician Dr. Barbara Staggers could tell you stories until your heart breaks. She recalls a 15-year-old boy who came in to her clinic asking for a hug, because he knew he’d soon be shot dead, and Staggers was the only person he trusted to hold him. The doctor tried to intervene by placing

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Oakland student film wins international film festival, renews city’s effort to combat sex trafficking

The winning film from the Girls Impact the World Film Festival 2013 was a documentary about Oakland’s sex trafficking crisis, made by two local teenagers. Zoë Simone Yi and Rebecca Dharmapalan, seniors at Oakland School for the...

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Alameda County launches PR blitz against youth sex trafficking in Oakland

The public is being put on notice: When you see 12-year-olds, 13-year-olds or 17-year-olds sold for sex on the streets of Oakland, you are witnessing child abuse and rape, usually under slave conditions. And ignoring it is...

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Report urges new approach to child prostitution in Oakland and elsewhere

Police and prosecutors should treat juveniles accused of prostitution as victims of crime and abuse and stop arresting these minors and putting them into the criminal justice system, according to a report released Tuesday by Institute of...

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Oakland Won’t Quit on Trafficked Kids

As child trafficking problem intensifies, the community finds new ways to combat the problem. Members of the Oakland police force sit on metal chairs scattered throughout a conference room, with badges and handcuffs clipped to their hips. Government...