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New Project Focuses On Scope Of Fresno's Human Trafficking Problem

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Aleksandra Appleton
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The Fresno Bee
Three women tell the Fresno Bee their stories about human trafficking.

A new reporting project from the Fresno Bee seeks to shine a light on a story that is too often in the shadows all around us – human trafficking. The multi-media project "Slaves of the Sex Trade" launched last week, and underscores not only the extent of the problem but the ways in which many young women are lured into a life of modern day slavery, usually beginning online. Reporters Rory and Aleksandra Appleton joined us on Valley Edition to talk about the project, and why law enforcement officials say it has grown in recent years, in every part of the community. 

Joe Moore is the President and General Manager of Valley Public Radio. During his tenure, he's helped lead the station through major programming changes and the COVID-19 pandemic, while maintaining the station's financial health. From 2010-2018 he served as the station's Director of Program Content. In that role, he also served as the host of Valley Edition, and helped launch and grow the station's award-winning local news department. He is a Fresno native and a graduate of California State University, Fresno.
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