Sunday , April 21 2024

Heard Of Sex Trafficking? Other Trafficking Victims Hide In Valley Homes And Fields

A few weeks ago, the Fresno Police Department busted a sex trafficking ring among the Bulldog Gang—unfortunately, only the latest of many sex trafficking cases uncovered recently in the Valley. This kind of crime is likely what comes to mind when you think of human trafficking—but another kind of trafficking also occurs in the Valley, sometimes in plain sight, and law enforcement officials worry it’s more common than anyone knows. A few years ago, a woman we’ll call Francisca found herself in a bad situation getting worse. She and her young daughter had just crossed the desert into the U.S. in the dead of night. They had been struggling to make ends meet in Mexico City and had been promised a better life up north. Francisca says her extended family had agreed to help pay their way. Shortly after making the illicit crossing, however, Francisca says the woman who had smuggled them had some bad news. “The lady called me and said that my family was no longer responding,” she says, “and
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