Authorities busted two men during a police sting conducted on Monday, one for allegedly pimping out a minor, according to the SFPD. Jaquain Young, 39, of San Francisco, reportedly recruited a minor for commercial sexual services. According to the cops, Young agreed to meet the juvenile at 48th Avenue and Point Lobos, where he and 25-year-old Ijeoma Ogbuagu were both arrested. Read More
The number of people identified as victims of human trafficking in California has increased steadily since 2010 as the crime has become a growing threat, California Attorney General Kamala Harris reported Friday.
There were 304 victims from April through June of this year — the latest period available — a figure that is triple the 100 victims during the same period of 2011, Harris said in the report. Read More
A parolee suspected of being drunk allegedly caused Thursday morning’s commute nightmare on the lower deck of the Bay Bridge after he crashed his car and shot off a gun during a failed attempt to flee from cops.
At 1:34 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported, 29-year-old Oakland felon Antonio Roberson — who’s been convicted of human trafficking — was heading east when he crashed his 1984 Cadillac Eldorado into the guardrail near the S-curve. Read More
WHAT: Two Ukrainian brothers were found guilty of smuggling desperate young villagers to the U.S. to work in debt bondage cleaning suburban big-box retail stores for 16 hours a day at little pay.HOW: Federal prosecutors charged that Omelyan and Stepan Botsvynyuk beat and threatened approximately 30 victims to keep them under control. At least one female immigrant was raped. Read More
Federal immigration officials are crisscrossing the country this month to spread the word about resources available to foreign victims of trafficking, violent crimes and domestic violence.United States Citizenship and Immigration Services officials held a press conference at USCIS' San Francisco office Tuesday to discuss two visas available to such victims and to urge the public to be aware of potential human trafficking victims in their communities. Read More
WHAT: The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed lawsuits against Beverly Hills labor contractor Global Horizons and six farms in Hawaii and two in Washington, alleging exploitation of more than 200 Thai workers lured to the U.S. Read More