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With hundreds of thousands of cases of human trafficking occurring every year in the United States, leaders want to start tackling the issue locally.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier joined law enforcement officials in South San Francisco to announce the implementation of the San Mateo County Human Trafficking Protocol, a set of guidelines and procedures that will help officers to detect and investigate human trafficking cases on the Peninsula.

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Teen stabbed to death in Yorba Linda had also been victim of human trafficking, police say.

By Paloma Esquivel

A 17-year-old girl found stabbed to death in an upscale Yorba Linda neighborhood Tuesday was a victim of human trafficking in Santa Ana about two weeks before she was killed, authorities said.

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SAN BRUNO -- During a nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking last week police discovered a brothel in a San Bruno apartment which may be part of a larger Bay Area prostitution and trafficking ring, police said Wednesday.
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The Narcos’ Saint

Thursday, 11 July 2013 09:00

By Joseph J. Kolb

A centuries-old cultural icon in Mexico has recently taken on a sinister criminal purpose that has penetrated the U.S.

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The FBI arrested 150 people across the United States, including one in Chicago, for holding children against their will for prostitution, a three-day weekend sweep that officials on Monday called the largest-ever operation of its kind.

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Saudi princess 'enslaved' Kenyan

Saturday, 13 July 2013 11:41

A woman described as a Saudi princess has been arrested in California and accused of human trafficking.

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Lafayette human trafficking update

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 18:10

It's a case State police are calling shocking and disturbing. Monday, 37-year-old Katherine Vidrine was arrested for allegedly forcing a child younger than 12 to perform sexual acts so she could get money.

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The operators of a network of Northern California brothels, including one in San Mateo County, were arrested last week following a five-month investigation that revealed young women had been trafficked here from Boston and New York, according to the California Attorney General's Office.
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A total of four people are behind bars facing charges of pimping young women.

Authorities recently busted an international human trafficking and prostitution ring, with one of the operations in an unsuspecting San Mateo County neighborhood.

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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA – Spearheading efforts to dismantle sex trafficking networks in California, state Attorney General Kamala Harris on Friday announced the arrest of four individuals accused of pimping young women in a network of brothels located in Northern California.
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