Nguyen pointed to a young girl in black skinny jeans and a T-shirt who was shivering behind a bus-stop bench at 29 th Street.
Another girl walked by several streets down, trying to make eye contact with drivers. Their pimps were somewhere nearby, Nguyen said, counting how many tricks the girls turned and calculating how much money would be coming in later.
The pimps control their girls through a combination of emotional manipulation and physical and psychological abuse, and they prey on the many at-risk teens who come from broken homes in Oakland or run away there from other cities, Joshi said. The pimping of minors is a form of human trafficking under both state and federal law.
Minors cannot legally consent to have sex in the U. According to Officer Nguyen, an undercover officer can drive into the National Lodge parking lot, park his car and honk his horn, and girls will come out of the rooms to offer him services. Police have made at least 10 prostitution arrests at the corner of 17 th Avenue and International Boulevard since Dec. He acknowledged that prostitution is a problem in the area but said he has no control over what happens on the streets.
He said that sometimes men who are not registered at the motel bring girls to its rooms, and that he reports suspected prostitution to police. Parents with sons also worry the boys will be influenced by the sex trade, either by getting involved or being caught in the crossfire.
Local children are implicitly told prostitution is OK in their neighborhood and just a way of life in Oakland, Terrazas said. All Rights Reserved.
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Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday night. Human trafficking is a worldwide problem. In the U. National Lodge owner and manager Mike Patel, however, said his motel is not to blame.