"Taking Action Against Human Trafficking
We can’t arrest it away
We can’t legislate it away
We have to stop it before it ever happens!"

Breaking the Chains of Abuse

Ladera Ranch woman uses own history to help others escape abuse

OCRegister  Oct. 30, 2015 12:00 a.m.

Ladera Ranch mom Veronica Stephens is on a mission to help victims break the chains of abuse.

Suspects accused of operating large-scale human trafficking ring in Danville, San Ramon arrested
abc7news.com  Tuesday, August 25, 2015 12:00AM
Officials arrest three suspects accused of operating a high-dollar prostitution ring in San Ramon and Danville for the last 14 years.
An undercover sting operation took place in Santa Ana Wednesday night, where police officers targeted men soliciting prostitutes.

U.S. senators propose $1.5 billion fund to combat global slavery

Reuters  Wed Feb 25, 2015

U.S. senators have proposed legislation calling for the creation of a $1.5 billion fund to combat modern-day slavery around the world through more aggressive law enforcement and prosecution of human traffickers.

Department of Justice 20 Feb 2015
Defendants Used Deception, Threats, Violence and Coercion to Compel Young Women into Prostitution in Orange County, California
USA Today Feb. 18, 2015 
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Three men have been arrested for allegedly luring children in the Coachella Valley into child pornography by approaching them at city parks posing as representatives of a modeling agency.

The underworld of US sex trafficking: 'If there were no johns, there would be no prostitutes' 

The Guardian  Monday 26 January 2015

To view sex trafficking as a fate that befalls foreign women who are ... areas of gender inequity in this country are sex trafficking and domestic violence.

I was sold into sexual slavery
The Guardian  Sunday 18 January 2015
On holiday in Greece as a 14-year-old, Megan Stephens fell in love. But her boyfriend turned out to be a pimp who trafficked her for six years. She tells her story to Elizabeth Day
OCRegister Jan. 11, 2015 
... “A lot of people don’t even realize it’s happening in their own backyard,” said Alexis Miller, coordinator for Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice, at the Pray for Freedom event Saturday at Newport Mesa Church. “It happens in Irvine, in Costa Mesa, down the street from houses.”