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  • Human trafficking: Slaves of the sex trade

    Human trafficking is a widespread concern that advocates and law enforcement officials say is on the rise throughout Fresno. Three women tell their stories of horror, survival and healing.

Human trafficking is a widespread concern that advocates and law enforcement officials say is on the rise throughout Fresno. Three women tell their stories of horror, survival and healing. Aleksandra Appleton aappleton@fresnobee.com
Human trafficking is a widespread concern that advocates and law enforcement officials say is on the rise throughout Fresno. Three women tell their stories of horror, survival and healing. Aleksandra Appleton aappleton@fresnobee.com
Slaves of the Sex Trade

Slaves of the Sex Trade

Women and children are sold for sex every day online and in the streets of Fresno. Getting them out can be difficult, but some are trying.

Don’t kid yourself. Sex slaves are all around us – and you may know some of them

November 02, 2017 07:30 AM

UPDATED November 16, 2017 07:26 AM

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  • Meet the advocates who help trafficking victims rebuild their lives

    Trafficking victims in Fresno can turn to a network of advocates in the Central Valley who can help them find emergency shelter, counseling, long-term programs and even host makeover events. Melissa Gomez of the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, Debra Rush of Breaking the Chains and Ana Lopez of Beauty for Ashes discuss what their organizations do and how they work together.