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Labor Trafficking: Interview with Sgt. Tony Flores

Sgt. Tony Flores

Human trafficking is the second most profitable criminal enterprise in the world. It's estimated to rake in $32 billion per year after drug trafficking. San Francisco is one of the nation’s trafficking centers.

Sergeant Tony Flores works with the special victims unit for the San Francisco police department. He handled more than 50 trafficking cases last year, and recently helped bust a corner street fruit vending operation that trafficked Mexican teenagers.

SGT. TONY FLORES: And you can see that, you’re a 15-year-old kid who’s been smuggled into the United States, and that fear sets in. The cops are corrupt. And if you say anything, you’re going to be thrown in jail, and you’re never going to be heard from again.

KALW’s Ben Trefny sat down with Sgt. Flores and asked him what the department is looking for to determine if someone is being trafficked, and what the department is doing to combat this issue.

To listen to this extended web interview, click the audio player above

This interview originally aired on January 15, 2014.

To find out more information on Anti-Human trafficking at the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition.

Ben handles daily operations in the news department, overseeing the editorial and sound engineering teams, delivering daily newscasts, producing the nightly news and culture show Crosscurrents, and supervising special projects including KALW's Audio Academy training program.
Leila Day is a Senior Producer at Pineapple Street Media and is the Executive Producer and co-host of The Stoop Podcast, stories about the black diaspora. Her work has been featured on NPR, 99% Invisible, the BBC as well as other outlets. Before The Stoop, she was an editor at Al Jazeera's podcast network and worked on creating and editing award winning narrative driven journalism. She began her career in journalism at KALW where she worked as a health care and criminal justice reporter. During that time she contributed as an editor, taught audio storytelling to inmates at San Quentin, and helped develop curriculum for training upcoming reporters.