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Human Trafficking In Fresno: A Huge Problem And Hard To Prosecute

Apr 3, 2019

Last week, Fresno Mayor Lee Brand introduced a new initiative aimed at combating a huge problem here in the Valley: Human trafficking. The initiative brings together city government, law enforcement, and aid organizations, many of which have been addressing trafficking for years.

If you're the victim of human trafficking, or believe someone else is, you can call the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888

In this interview, we hear from Miiko Anderson, a senior deputy district attorney with the County of Fresno and the head of its Human Trafficking Task Force, and Debra Rush, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Breaking the Chains. They explain why human trafficking seems to be so prevalent in this area, why trafficking cases can be hard to prosecute, and how their groups and Mayor Brand’s new initiative address this kind of crime.