Beyond the Headlines

Show topic: Human Trafficking
January 23, 2012 1:13:07 PM PST
ABC7's Emmy award-winning public affairs show, "Beyond the Headlines," provides in-depth coverage of the topics and issues facing the people of the Bay Area. Throughout the year, "Beyond the Headlines" airs half-hour specials on issues, ranging from Bay Area housing to same-sex marriage.

January 15, 2012
Human Trafficking
Hosted by ABC7's Cheryl Jennings

This episode of Beyond the Headlines looks at a topic many do not believe exists in a country like the United States. This modern day slavery is called human trafficking, and it's happening right here in the Bay Area.

According to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission:

  • Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, right behind drug trafficking.
  • There are as many as 27 million people living in slavery-like conditions.
  • Women and girls make up 80% of the people trafficked worldwide.
  • Each year 1 million children are exploited in the commercial sex trade.

The perception is that trafficking only affects women enslaved for commercial sexual exploitation. However, trafficking has a variety of forms including forced labor and debt bondage.

Studio Guests

Lt. John Vanek (Ret.)
San Jose Police Department
Human Trafficking Expert
National Human Trafficking Hotline: (888) 373-7888

Nancy O'Malley
Alameda County District Attorney

Saundra Domingue
Adult Case Manager
The SAGE Project (Standing Against Global Exploitation)
(415) 905-5050

David Batstone, Ph.D.
USF Professor
Founder, Not For Sale Campaign and

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