Before an Orange County Superior Court Commissioner found sufficient evidence Tuesday to continue with the trial against Larry Shin, more details became public as to why sheriff's homicide investigators honed in on the 36-year-old so quickly as a murder suspect. But the hearing also shed light on ... More >>
What is happening "in plain sight" on American streets? Girls and women are being snatched up and forced into prostitution, say the producers of In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom, which is being shown in Costa Mesa Friday night as part of the documentary's 14 premieres around the country.
For the next four months, Vanguard University's Global Center for Women and Justice is hosting a Libyan community leader to strategize against human trafficking, learn how rampant it is in Orange County's Arab-speaking community and educate the same folks about it.
See the update at the end of this post on the charges and possible punishments facing the trio. ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 22, 10:03 A.M.: Apologies to Gao Yang Zhou, because the just-convicted brothel owner may have had competition when it came to running the best little whorehouse in Irvine. The polic ... More >>
The Orange County Transportation Authority is, of course, all about the traffic, but the trafficking that's the focus of OCTA's "Be The One" public awareness campaign that was unveiled Wednesday morning is the human kind.
Three people are in custody in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a woman who was forced to work as a prostitute while being beaten, burned and held captive in cheap motels in Westminster and Costa Mesa, police from both cities said Tuesday.
A Downey pimp arrested in 2013 for selling minor girls in a Disneyland-area prostitution ring won an incredibly lax punishment this week: six months of home detention. According to an FBI report reviewed by OC Weekly, Rayshaad Dajreon Taite (a.k.a. "Long Beach Truth") participated in the transporta ... More >>
Finally, the Social Justice Summit has come back to Cal State Fullerton! Okay, so the all-day activist event only had a one-year hiatus, but in this reactionary county of ours, that can seem like an eternity. The summit returns for its 10th anniversary with its familiar slew of workshops, cool t-s ... More >>
Anaheim PD, code enforcement and state labor officials raid a Jacuzzi-by-the-hour spot, trashing the place—and leaving the owner with the bill
Three pimps walk into a bar ... Actually, according to the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), Kristian Adway and Dejon Pierre Moore, both 19, and Jennifer Kaye Moeggenberg, 23, are set to walk into a Santa Ana courtoom later this month, when they will be arraigned on charges one of th ... More >>
A prostitute has been sentenced to five years in state prison for recruiting and sex trafficking a 14-year-old girl into prostitution in the first Orange County case of human trafficking of a minor under Prop 35. A jury last month found Cierra Melissa Robinson, 28, guilty of felony human trafficki ... More >>
See Update No. 2 on page 2 where the lawyer for the Saudi princess claims the maid alleging she was kept as a slave flew first class to Orange County, was able to have a cell phone and shopped at malls on the family's dime. Update No. 1 on the next page reveals Meshael Alayban's arraignment hearing ... More >>
A federal judge this month rejected efforts by Friends Church in Yorba Linda to kill a lawsuit that alleges the writer and director of the church-funded, Lions Gate-distributed Not Today was cheated out of more than $2 million in due compensation. In a 20-page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Jos ... More >>
First, we had Cierra Melissa Robinson and Mark Wesley Anderson on competing teams vying for "Who Would You Rather ...?*" honors. Then Anderson and his partner became the first Orange County convictees under the anti-human trafficking Prop 35, for forcing a woman into prostitution. Now Robinson h ... More >>
See Update No. 7 on Page 3 about a hearing on Meshael Alayban's GPS monitoring device and her attorney saying the truth will set her free. Update Nos. 5-6 at the bottom of Page 2 are about the Saudi Arabian princess making her $5 million bail and being freed. Update Nos. 3-4 on Page 2 are about her ... More >>
Orange County prosecutors have notched their first human-trafficking conviction under California's Proposition 35, the initiative voters overwhelmingly supported last November to increase the penalty for human trafficking, particularly in cases involving the trafficking of a minor by force.Mark Wesl ... More >>
A San Diego man arrested in an undercover sting operation is scheduled to be arraigned this morning on charges of sexually trafficking one woman and pimping three others via sex website ads. Harvey Rashad McNight, 29, faces up to 28 years in prison with a conviction.
A federal prosecutor is seeking a 120-month prison sentence for a pimp who transported two underage girls, 14 and 17 years old, across several state lines and into Anaheim near Disneyland to work as $200 an hour, drugged prostitutes last year. The requested punishment is significantly below a feder ... More >>
Four massage parlors and a private spa/spa rental business in Anaheim were rubbed the wrong way earlier this month by city police, who along with other agencies conducted inspections to see if prostitution, human trafficking or labor law violations were occurring.California Department of Industrial ... More >>
The Huntington Beach Police Department Facebook page is reporting that officers arrested 10 people on March 7 for solicitation of prostitution at local massage parlors. The department, which recently joined forces with the federally-funded Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force, carried out ... More >>
President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act Thursday, and there have been demonstrations across the country since Wednesday as part of a national call to "Stop Violence Against Women Everywhere!"Today and Saturday, the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University, a private C ... More >>
This is so weird: I was driving home from my weekly movie viewing at the UltraLuxe in Anaheim's GardenWalk when I looked to the side of Disney Way and thought to myself, "I didn't know there was a Motel 6 that close to Disneyland."Irina Martinez and Andres Terrones apparently knew. They are accused ... More >>
Now that proponents of Proposition 35 have won at the polls, they are going to court to guarantee they'll be the ones who help enforce the "Stop Human Trafficking in California" initiative. Chris Kelly of the Safer California Foundation and Daphne Phung of California Against Slavery filed paperwor ... More >>
iSanctuary, one of Orange County's best charities, will celebrate its fifth anniversary on September 15 with a fundraising event in Laguna Beach.The Irvine-based anti-human sex trafficking non-profit organization works in conjunction with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and helps vict ... More >>
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The mother and father accused of pimping two underage girls, 14 and 17 years old, near Disneyland in April have pleaded not guilty and, over opposition from the Department of Justice, demanded release from federal custody on bail.But U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney declined to reconsider ... More >>
"Here's that beautiful picture of Kelly on the right," said Ron Thomas, as he pointed to a portrait of his smiling son toward the end of his PowerPoint presentation on homelessness at Cal State University Fullerton's eighth-annual social justice summit on Saturday, April 14. "Right here, [Kelly ... More >>
[Web Exclusive!] Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend
It's fair to say there are probably quite a few pissed-off potheads in Huntington Beach.Why? Well, because a ton -- 2,600 pounds, to be exact -- of fresh Mexican weed will never make into their pipes.On Nov. 12, law enforcement officials found a boat filled with about $1 million worth of weed alo ... More >>
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker—and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to sneak into the class of Cal State Fullerton professor (and longtime Orange County Register reporter) Jeff Brody and steal his guest speaker, Village Voice editor Tony Ortega. He's in town for a week to speak at the school's various communications departments, alum ... More >>
In the latest installment of Village Voice Media's investigation into the yawning gulf between myth and reality when it comes to sex trafficking in the United States, this week's cover story takes on a series of public-service announcements spearheaded by Ashton Kutcher. The story points out that ... More >>
CNN, USA Today and other media organizations got fooled
The great American game is another chance to foist false research on a gullible media
Schapiro Group data wasn't questioned by mainstream media
As Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's Republican general election opponent, Van Tran repeatedly portrayed the veteran Anaheim Democrat as an odorous floozy.And sure enough: Fineman PR, a San Francisco-based public relations firm, has included Sanchez in its 16th annual Top 10 PR Blunders List.The bl ... More >>
[Moxley Confidential] The OC congresswoman's tough stance on human trafficking should play well in Little Saigon
As close readers know, Clockwork is a huuuuuuuge fan of Steven Seagal Lawman. Sadly, the A&E reality series has shut down due to silly allegations of sexual harassment, illegal trafficking of females for sex, failure to prevent sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination in violation ... More >>
Aaron Cohen in the field.While sometime Costa Mesa resident Aaron Cohen travels the globe in his quest to end human slavery, a drive for a voter initiative to strengthen human trafficking laws and increase trafficking victims' rights was announced in his home state today. California Against Slave ... More >>
In his quest to free slaves around the world, Aaron Cohen thought hed seen it all. Then he went to Myanmar
'Kate Carraway... You obviously wouldn't know good music if it slapped you in the face. Idiot.'