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California State Sen. Leland Yee gets into an awaiting car as he leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building after a court appearance on March 31, 2014 in San Francisco, California. Yee appeared in federal court today for a second time after being arrested along with 25 others by F.B.I. agents last week on political corruption and firearms trafficking charges. Yee is free on a $500,000 unsecured bond. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

State Sen. Yee’s Suspension Leaves Fate Of 17 Bills In Doubt

Last week’s suspension of State Sen. Leland Yee leaves the fate of 17 bills pending in California’s Legislature in doubt.

04/02/2014

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Citrus Heights Man Arrested For Trafficking Teen Girls In South SF

A Citrus Heights man was arrested for trafficking teenage girls in South San Francisco over the weekend, one day before local officials announced a special protocol to crack down on human trafficking in San Mateo County.

03/18/2014

Stephanie, a survivor of human trafficking, said she was victimized by a violent pimp for two-and-a-half years. (CBS)

Bay Area Survivor Of Human Trafficking Describes Ordeal

There were just four human trafficking cases prosecuted in Contra Costa County in 2011, last year that number jumped to 32. A victim in one of those cases described her ordeal to KPIX 5.

01/21/2014

A prostitute waiting for customers stands on the sidewalk late on June 6, 2011 at the Bois de Boulogne park in Paris. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS (Photo credit should read BERTRAND LANGLOIS/AFP/Getty Images)

California To Allow Compensation For Prostitutes Who Are Victims Of Violent Crimes

California prostitutes who are attacked or assaulted will once again eligible for money from a state fund that compensates victims of violent crimes, a spokesman said Thursday.

12/12/2013

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South San Francisco Parolee Arrested For Alleged Human Trafficking

A compliance check on a parolee in South San Francisco yielded his arrest and the discovery of a 20-year-old woman who was allegedly being held against her will and forced into prostitution, police said.

11/06/2013

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Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking Victims Get New Protections To Escape Abuse

The bill, authored by state Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, gives survivors of human trafficking the right to terminate residential leases in order to protect themselves against their abusers. The bill also strengthens existing protections for survivors of domestic violence who are forced to vacate a rental property for personal safety reasons.

08/20/2013

5 suspects in a a Southern California abduction. (Riverside County Sheriff)

Woman, 4 Men From South Bay Arrested In SoCal Abduction, Prostitution Plot

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department identified the suspects as four men in their 20s and 30s from San Jose and Gilroy and a 20-year-old woman from San Jose. They were booked on suspicions of human trafficking, abduction for prostitution, false imprisonment, kidnapping for sexual assault, as well as attempted pimping and pandering.

08/19/2013

The National Lodge on International Boulevard is among several motels that have been sued by the city of Oakland for allegedly fostering prostitution. (BCN)

Oakland Hotels Once Plagued By Prostitution To Get New Management

Changes are underway at two Oakland hotels known for sex trafficking and child prostitution and the city attorney is ready for a fresh start.

08/13/2013

Authorities raided a brothel inside this South San Francisco Apartment complex on McLellan Drive on June 13, 2013. At least 15 women were rescued and four people were arrested on suspicion of pimping and pandering. (CBS)

South San Francisco Husband & Wife Charged With Operating Brothels

A South San Francisco man and his wife have been charged with bringing women from the East Coast to a circuit of brothels across Northern California.

06/18/2013

Ken Wong, Xiu Bai and Yoon Chin were arrested on suspicion of running brothels in South San Francisco and Sacramento County on June 13, 2013. The mugshot of a fourth person arrested has not been released, pending a police lineup. (Sacramento County Sheriff)

Agents Break Up Prostitution Ring In South San Francisco, Sacramento

Four people were arrested and more than a dozen women who were held as sex slaves were rescued after authorities broke up a complex prostitution ring in San Mateo and Sacramento counties Thursday.

06/15/2013

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