The result of the latest election unseats Tony Rackauckas and his 20-year tenure as the District Attorney of Orange County. It is to be determined how Todd Spitzer will change the leadership the OCDA to combat human trafficking. In the past, he served as Statewide Chairman of Marsy’s Law to secure victim rights and worked as an OC Deputy and Assistant DA where he claimed to have dealt with cases involving human trafficking.
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California continues to be a hotspot for human trafficking and in particular, sex trafficking. According to the Washington Examiner, since the creation of the National Human Trafficking Hotline, reported cases of human trafficking, much of which includes sex trafficking, have gone up 842 percent. In a shocking graphic, California dominates other states in prevalence of reported human trafficking cases.
Two California business associations are joining the fight against sex trafficking. Activists are praising the California Hotel and Lodging Association along with the California Trucking Association for stepping up and taking action in this billion-dollar industry that lacks victim resources.
When you think of the sex-trafficking industry and the environment it flourishes in, do you picture a low-income, dirty urban area or an affluent, suburban one? Did you picture both? For whichever reason, pop culture influence or a lack of information, wealthy communities are often seen as "immune" to the darkness of the sex-trafficking industry.
On June 26th, 2018 Joseph Blake Ballard, at only 22 years old, was charged with the felony counts of trafficking, pimping and pandering two women in Irvine, CA. Joseph was caught because one of his victims contacted the Irvine Police Department from a gas station after being kicked out of the hotel room the three were sharing. From there the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) investigated the case and located and arrested Joseph at the hotel.