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.
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.
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. 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 >>
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 >>
This week the Huntington Beach City Council voted in support of putting the rub on rub downs. Aimed at cracking down on massage parlors that offer happy endings, the proposed ordinance would require establishments to obtain certification from the city and would prohibit massage therapists from ... 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 >>
[Web Exclusive!] Indianapolis mobilizes for an epic battle with an urban legend
New research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker—and sparks an outbreak of denial among child-sex-trafficking alarmists nationwide
UPDATE, AUG. 16, 12:04 P.M.: Through the court affidavit and his appearance before a federal magistrate in Santa Ana Monday afternoon, we now know Samuel Martinez Gonzalez's side of the story that has him facing a maximum sentence of life behind bars if convicted.The 26-year-old Santa Ana man cl ... 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
[Moxley Confidential] The OC congresswoman's tough stance on human trafficking should play well in Little Saigon
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Flick / Creative Commons / **Mary**Whenever I have to describe the publication I work for to anyone only vaguely familiar with OC media, I usually start innocuous: "It's that free paper you pick up at the car wash or coffee shop." But that often gets a blank stare. So..."You know, the one with the s ... More >>
Gene X. Hwang/Orange PhotographyCraigslist founder Craig NewmarkThe Los Angeles Times is reporting that mega-popular classified listings site Craigslist will shut down its "erotic services" section, after criticism from lawmakers and the media -- which you can read about in the latest Weekly cover s ... More >>
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