human trafficking

Local moms marching against child sex trafficking

MEDFORD, Ore. – A nationwide outcry against child trafficking is being heard in the Rogue Valley.  Several residents in Northern California and Southern Oregon are putting on events this month to raise awareness. Human trafficking is a problem police say exists up …

Man accused of prostitution charges appears in court

MEDFORD, Ore. –  A man is facing numerous charges, accused of being involved in human trafficking. 39-year-old Michael Joseph Silva faces multiple charges including promoting and compelling prostitution, trafficking and second-degree assault. Medford police say Silva was in a relationship with the 29-year-old …

Bathroom posters that can save lives

MEDFORD, Ore. — The National Human Trafficking Hotline says they’ve had over 2,000 calls since 2007 in Oregon. And that number is expected to increase. That’s after a bill, which passed earlier this month, is requiring all rest stop bathrooms to post …

Runaway “at-risk” Aloha teen returned home

Update (11-14-17 2:41 p.m.) Ashley Jarrell returned home after seeing media coverage and is now safe, police said. ALOHA, Ore. – Police in Washington County are asking citizens to be on the lookout for a runaway teen considered “at-risk.” 15-year-old Ashley Jarrell …

Human smuggling suspect facing federal charges

San Antonio, Texas (NBC) – The truck driver charged in connection with the deaths of ten undocumented immigrants in Texas will stay in federal custody. James Matthew Bradley Jr. , handcuffed and wearing blue jail scrubs, left federal court in San Antonio …

Human trafficking in the marijuana industry

Humboldt County, Calif. (CNN) – Despite its unmatched natural beauty, there are places in Humboldt County, California, where even law enforcement doesn’t venture. At the epicenter of a seven billion dollar marijuana industry, international gangs have infiltrated the area, taking advantage of …