Photo: Courtesy Of Alameda County DA
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley addresses media at a Tuesday press conference announcing a partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay to provide safe homes for victims of child sex trafficking.
The organizations plan to create a safe home in the Bay Area by the end of 2016 that caters to girls recovering from child sex-trafficking, a black market that Assistant District Attorney Teresa Drenick said is rampant in the area.
“The Bay Area, and Oakland in particular, has been designated by the FBI as one of the nation’s hotspots for trafficking children,” Drenick said. “The scope of the problem, not just in the Bay Area but the state and the nation is pretty staggering. I think that it is something that is more at the forefront of our conscience.”
The partnership started after a February 2014 conversation between Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley and Oakland Bishop Michael C. Barber, said Steve Mullin, parish outreach manager for Catholic Charities of the East Bay.